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LGBT and Cardiovascular Disease By Mrs Vera West

     This is something which I would never have suspected, perhaps the fault lying entirely with me, with my age, my race, and my limited perspective on a changing and dynamic gender fluid world: 

“The findings of a new study on human health are sure to ruffle some feathers in the LGBT community, as they show that homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgenders are much more prone than straight people to develop health problems. A team of researchers from the Baptist Health South Florida Clinic in Miami looked at seven different areas of controllable heart health to look for any differences that might exist between LGBT and non-LGBT people. What they learned is that those who identify as LGBT simply aren’t keeping up in terms of overall health and quality of life. Presented at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA), the paper showed that many LGBT people tend towards having higher stress, which drives many of them to engage in alcohol abuse.

Further, many of these same people smoke cigarettes and other substances, as well as binge out on junk food. The end result of this type of behavior is an increased risk of heart disease and other cardiac problems that heterosexuals apparently aren’t as prone to developing. This suggests that LGBTers, as politically incorrect as it might be to say, aren’t making the best lifestyle choices in their lives, and their bodies are suffering as a consequence. “Our results point towards a disproportionately higher risk for cardiovascular disease among sexual-minority populations,” stated lead author Dr. Anshul Saxena.”

     No doubt, it will be argued, it is the fault of het-society, with its het-bigotry, which causes this ill-health, and how could one possibly argue against that? Perhaps many research grants and extensive tolerance lessons will be required for the wider community. A campaign with mobile vans down every street may be the first step. All university courses, including STEM, should have some time devoted to the issue, maybe one lecture in each course every fortnight. Any further suggestions to deal with this, one of the great social problems, would surely be welcomed. Now that we know about this problem, how can we turn our backs on it?



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