LGB adults have more incidence of heart disease and strokes than their straight peers, according to a recent large study
LGB adults have more incidence of heart disease and stroke than their straight peers.
The study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Lifestyle conference in New Orleans, analyzed data collected from 2,445 adults participating in the 2011-2012 National Health Examination and Nutrition Survey, a long-running federal study of U.S. children and adults, (AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS, 3/20/2018).
The study shows that the majority of homosexual and bisexual adults in that age range — 55 percent and 43.8 percent, respectively — were in poor cardiovascular health. By comparison, 39.9 percent of heterosexuals were in bad health. Participants were not asked to identify whether they were transgender, so the researchers said the health inequality could be even greater (see HERE).
Dr Billy A. Caceres, a practising nurse and postdoctoral research fellow and lead author of a 2017 review article of studies that looked at cardiovascular disease risk among sexual minority adults , who was not involved in the study presented, said the results of the new study confirm previous findings that LGB young adults are more susceptible to heart disease and stroke than their straight peers.
LGBT health risk awareness
Beyond informing physicians about the health risks of LGBT patients, Caceres said these findings have implications for heart disease and stroke awareness campaigns targeted to LGBT communities around the country.