Black Adult Brains Age Faster & Earlier In Life, New Study Shows

“We saw differences across race in markers of both neurodegeneration and cerebrovascular disease, but the cerebrovascular disease markers were apparent in midlife,” says examine co-author and professor of neuropsychology at Columbia University Medical Center Adam M. Brickman, Ph.D. “In White and Latinx people, the age-associated increase in cerebrovascular disease seems to accelerate as people enter older age, but it was already accelerated in African American people in midlife.”

So, why do the researchers imagine that is occurring? According to Brickman and Columbia University Medical Center postdoctoral neuroscientist and examine co-author Indira C. Turney, Ph.D., it isn’t as a consequence of genetics. They suggest social determinants are responsible, particularly racism. 

“We know from other literature that [Black Americans] experience more social disadvantages across suboptimal environments, so that is more likely leading to the difference that we’re observing in this population,” says Turney. The repeated publicity to stressors could influence mind well being in an enormous method.

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