A newly released study conducted by Loyola University’s School of Nursing in Maywood, Illinois has concluded that black women are at a greater risk of heart disease due to one key predictor: Loneliness.
The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper published an article on its website Tuesday (February 21st), which gave a report on the recent Loyola University study. The study’s author is Karen Saban, the associate dean for research at Loyola University’s School of Nursing.
Saban gave presentation of her study’s conclusions at Tuesday’s International Stroke Conference in Houston, Texas. Her research team gave questionnaires to 50 black and 49 white postmenopausal women. All of the women had two or more risk factors for heart disease.
The questionnaires the women took for the study asked them about their lifestyle and socioeconomic status. The research found that black women had a disproportionately higher risk of developing heart disease due to a certain social factor. The Inquirer’s report about the study findings partially reads as follows:
“Compared to white women, the black women were twice as likely to say they were lonely, Saban’s team found. Black women were also nearly three times more likely to have money problems and 2.5 times more likely to feel like they had “lower social status.” Older black women also reported fewer social links to others and less reliable social support, the findings showed. According to the researchers, the findings may lead to new ways to address the effects of poverty and loneliness in vulnerable people.” (Philly.com)
Most of the findings in this Loyola University study show a societal disconnect that goes on with black women after they reach a certain age. However, it is worth noting that Saban’s study is still considered preliminary due to the fact that the findings were presented prior to being published in a peer-reviewed journal of some sort.