Everyday Acts Of Discrimination May Raise Women’s Blood Pressure Over Time

It’s an all too familiar moment for many people, particularly women and people of color. Maybe you’re ignored in a meeting, or you feel like a male colleague is lauded for voicing the same idea. Maybe a clerk follows you around the store, thinking that you’re the type of person to shoplift.

In those moments you may quite literally feel your blood pressure rising — your cheeks flushing, your heart beating faster.

Now a new study suggests that such everyday slights may actually raise the blood pressure of women over time.

“Discrimination is just simply bad for your health. That’s no longer a question,” Danielle L. Beatty Moody, the study’s lead author, told BuzzFeed News.

Beatty Moody, of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and colleagues looked at data from 2,180 women who participated in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. The study included middle-aged women who were black, white, Hispanic, and Asian American, including those of Japanese and Chinese ancestry.

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