New study suggests that America’s heart health was impacted by the Great Recession from a decade ago. Researchers found that Americans’ blood sugar levels and blood pressure have gone up since the event.
New study suggests that people who were taking blood pressure drugs after the economic downturn saw their systolic blood pressure go up by about 13 mm Hg. The people involved in the study were 65 or younger.
Also, people’s blood sugar levels increased by 10%, on average, after the recession.
Lead author Teresa Seeman and her team have long suspected that the Great Recession might have impacted Americans’ health. Seeman is an epidemiology specialist at the UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
As we had hypothesized, the Great Recession did not do good things to health. Blood pressure went up. Blood glucose went up,
Prof. Seeman noted.
Great Recession Affected Americans’ Health In Ways They’Re Not Even Aware Of
The research team thinks that their study offers the most robust evidence to back the theory about a health impact of the 2008 recession. While the world stayed focused on the economic impact, few people were aware of the heavy toll of the event on their health.
The Great Recession officially started in 2007 and ended in 2009, but its effects are still there. Several studies showed that 70 percent of people aged 40 or older were shocked by the economic losses brought by the recession.
The Great Recession had an impact on housing costs and boosted jobless rates worldwide. Many people lost their homes or life savings.
Seeman’s team sifted through the data offered by a heart health survey running from 2000 to 2012. Of the participants, 71 percent were home owners before 2007. The average age of the participants was 67.
In 2008, participants’ systolic blood pressure jumped 8 mm Hg and the levels of the glucose in their bloodstream increased 6%, the analysis revealed.
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