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Study Suggests Black People Age More Quickly Than White People

| by Will Hagle

A new study from the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology suggests that black people may actually age faster than white people in the United States. 

"Our results showed that, on average, blacks tend to be more than three years older biologically than whites," said Morgan Levine and Dr. Eileen Crimmins, the faculty and student Fellow team who conducted the research. "This is consistent with findings from previous studies reporting that blacks tend to have levels of biological risk factors that are indicative of someone significantly older chronologically."

According to Medical Daily, the researchers used physical exams and lifestyle surveys from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study to reach their conclusions. As noted by Newser, researchers found this by "by analyzing the physical exams and lifestyle surveys of 7,644 Americans aged 30 and older, 11% of whom were black and the rest white. " 

In their report, they also suggested that “everyday stressors associated with being black may negatively impact physiological functioning and, under chronic exposure, accumulate over the lifespan and contribute to growing disparities in biological risk.” 

Newser recently reported a similar phenomenon — that black women with breast cancer are more likely to die than white women with cancer. The results of that report indicated that doctors give preferential treatment to white patients.

The recent report from USC listed high rates of obesity as the primary cause of earlier death amongst blacks.