Study: Frequent Discrimination Leaves Young African Americans at Risk for Disease 

The report also noted that emotional support can help ease stress-related damage. 

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Frequent discrimination during youth puts African Americans at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even stroke later in life, a new study has found, EurekAlert reports.

According to the study, conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Emory University, 20-year-old African Americans who had reported repeated discrimination during their childhood experienced a type of biological wear and tear on their body ("allostatic load"), due to the stress, putting them at risk for chronic diseases as they age.

"In the past, health professionals have believed that chronic diseases of aging such as heart disease originate in middle age, shortly before the appearance of symptoms, but our research shows that these illnesses originate much earlier, beginning in childhood and adolescence," said Gene H. Brody, director of the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia, who led the study.