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Discrimination, psychosocial stress, and health among Latin American immigrants in Oregon.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19844904     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Chronic psychosocial stress related to discrimination has been shown to be associated with biological measures such as elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP), increased body fat, and higher fasting glucose levels. Few studies have examined these relationships in immigrant populations. The present study recruited a sample of 132 Oregon Latino immigrant adults to investigate the relationships between perceived discrimination and several health measures (blood pressure, body mass index [BMI], and fasting glucose). Results indicate that perceived discrimination stress predicted elevated SBP among men but not among women. Perceived discrimination was significantly higher among obese women than among women of normal BMI. The same pattern was not observed for men. Further, a strong trend relationship was detected: the higher women's reported discrimination stress, the higher their fasting glucose levels. Again, this pattern was not observed for men. These results suggest that chronic psychosocial stress plays an important role in disease risk among Latin American immigrants, and that male and female immigrants may have distinctive physiological responses. If confirmed, these findings may have important clinical and public health implications for chronic disease prevention among Latinos.
Heather H McClure; J Josh Snodgrass; Charles R Martinez; J Mark Eddy; Roberto A Jiménez; Laura E Isiordia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1520-6300     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hum. Biol.     Publication Date:    2010 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-14     Completed Date:  2010-07-12     Revised Date:  2014-09-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8915029     Medline TA:  Am J Hum Biol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  421-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Glucose
Blood Pressure
Body Mass Index
Chronic Disease / ethnology
Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
Health Status*
Latin America / ethnology
Middle Aged
Oregon / epidemiology
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Stress, Psychological / complications,  ethnology*
Grant Support
R01 DA017937/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA017937/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA017937-05/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA01965/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA019654/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA019654-04S1/DA/NIDA NIH HHS
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Glucose

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