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Racist Experiences Bring on An Increase in Inflammation in African Americans

This increase in inflammation raises the risk of becoming chronically ill.


According to a study published in the journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology, racist experiences bring on an increase in inflammation in African Americans. This increase in inflammation raises the risk of becoming chronically ill. The researchers of the study assert that, because the body’s response to stressors—such as the adversity of racism—results in compromising systems that are critical in fending off disease, exposure to racism over long periods of time caused the health of African Americans to suffer greatly with chronic illness as the body’s defenses were down due to inflammation.


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