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The impact of discrimination on your health

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2019 | Discrimination

You know all about the impact of gender discrimination on your career. It has been holding you back. You feel like your superiors have passed you over for promotions based on your gender. You know it’s why you haven’t gotten jobs — or even interviews — with other companies. Maybe you also have serious questions about your pay and benefits.

But did you know that facing discrimination can even have a massive impact on your physical health? It leads to greater stress levels and a general state of poor health. In some studies, those facing more discrimination often dealt with chronic issues like:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

On top of that, medical experts already know that they can link stress to things like:

  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Accelerated age

These even found links between stress and premature death. This is not necessarily surprising when you look at the other symptoms. There are clear links between issues like heart disease and obesity, and there is a reason that these two connect to a lot of fatalities in the United States. Could it be that the discrimination you face at work could actually be increasing your odds of passing away before your time, along with giving you worse health in the years that you have left?

Regardless, it is clear that discrimination is not a simple issue and it is something that you have to take very seriously on numerous levels. Make sure you are well aware of the legal options that you have as an American worker.

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