How does racial discrimination affect black women's health? | KALW

How does racial discrimination affect black women's health?

Nov 1, 2018

Living with regular racial discrimination is a reality for many people. It can affect them psychologically, and even lead to depression. Now, a new study out of UC Berkeley found that those effects can also be physical.

Professor Amani Allen of the School of Public Health studied black women in the Bay Area and found that the more they experienced repeated incidents of racism, the higher their risk of chronic illness like diabetes or high blood pressure. It’s because of something called ‘allostatic load’.