Racial Discrimination and Health Problems

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This research proposal is an endeavor to highlight the research question: "Does racial discrimination affects ones' health as one gets older" As policy makers all over the world are striving to formulate action plans and preventive strategies for stress related health disorders, especially in the context of an aging and geriatric population, this study plan is very relevant as it attempts to evaluate whether stress caused by experiencing racial discrimination may affect the health of aging persons.


However, how much of this stands true for racism specific stress has also been the subject focus of many studies. Researchers found an association between perceived racism and ambulatory blood pressure in African American college students (Hill et al, 2007). Also at workplace, stressful racism places African Americans in a high probability group for the development of higher blood pressures (Health and Medicine Week, 2004). This clearly shows that racism can hasten the onset of hypertension even in younger age group and possible conclusion that can be drawn is that in an aging population the superimposed ill effects of stress induced by racism may be even greater. Similarly, women with higher stress scores who were subjected to high levels of internalized racism were at a higher risk of developing metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes due to altered hormone secretion (Tull et al, 2005). Studies have also attempted to assess objectively, mental and psychological implications of racism specific stress (Chakraborty et al, 2009).
Further research is required to reach a conclusion linking the association of stress per se resulting from experiencing racial discrimination per ...
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