The link between discrimination and telomere length in African American adults

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal:
Health Psychology

Size of study:
Cross-sectional data from the health and retirement survery including 595 African-Americans, ages 51+

This study found that higher discrimination was associated with shorter leukocyte telomere length even after adjusting for other factors such as health, depressive symptoms and stress. This association was significant for both male and female African-Americans. This study suggests that racial discrimination can be a contributing factor in accelerated biological aging.

Link to study


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