ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new study out of Tulane University reports Black adults who live in the U.S. have a 59 percent higher risk of premature death than white adults.

Joshua D. Bundy, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, believes disparities in eight social economic factors are to blame, and they are all interrelated.

“Those who don’t have any high school education at all are at the highest risk,” said Bundy.

Education impacts employment, which impacts healthcare.

“Maybe you then don’t have access to health insurance,” said Bundy.

Income impacts access to healthy choices.

“Maybe there are good interventions for food security, like providing food assistance programs and things like that,” said Bundy.

The study found home ownership is an indicator of what people can and cannot afford. Even marital status matters.

“Being married may offer social support. There’s a lot, there has been a lot of debate on whether this is some kind of genetic reason, if it’s based on your genes, if it’s something that’s predetermined or because of biology, or even just things like behavioral and lifestyle factors that may be different. But what our study is really saying is that it’s really explained all by social factors,” explained Bundy.

Bundy believes by knowing how these things impact lives, people can work to build systems to solve these disparities, and hopefully see more people of all races live longer, healthier lives.

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