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Racism can Affect Black Women’s Cognitive Health, Risk of Memory Issues: Study

A new study revealed this week has found that everyday racism can be harmful to the brain health of Black women who report higher rates of discrimination and were 2.75 times more likely to suffer poor subjective cognitive functioning.
Poor subjective cognitive functioning, which impacts memory and can affect taking medication and keeping doctor’s appointments, is linked to worse health outcomes for Black people from higher infant mortality rates to a shorter life expectancy.
“Our work suggests that the chronic stress associated with racial discrimination may contribute to racial disparities in cognition and [Alzheimer’s Disease],” senior author Lynn Rosenberg, an epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University and principal investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study, said in a statement.
Researchers at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University analyzed data from 59,000 Black women aged 21 through 69 years, collected in the Black Women’s Health Study.
They found Black women in particular who experience racism daily — from microaggressions to systemic discrimination — were 2.75 times more likely to suffer a condition known as poor subjective cognitive functioning compared to women who did not report experiencing daily racism.

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