Racism and High Blood Pressure Link Suggested in Research in Black Patients

Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer, August 13, 2013

Black patients who worry or think frequently about race have higher blood pressure than those who don’t, according to new study by a research group based at Johns Hopkins University.

The research, based on surveys of 266 patients in urban health clinics in Baltimore between September 2003 and August 2005, adds to a growing body of evidence pointing to a connection between racism and high blood pressure, and may help explain the huge disparity in blood pressure levels between African Americans in the United States and other races.

Black patients have the highest blood pressure rates in the nation—and among the highest in the world: 43 percent of black men and 45.7 percent of black women have high blood pressure in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s compared to about 33.9 percent for white men and 31.3 percent for white women, and 34 percent for all American men and 33 percent for all women.

In the current study, published online today in the American Journal of Hypertension, the authors (from Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Maryland, Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University) used an existing sociological survey created by the Centers for Disease Control to assess race consciousness.

Patients who participated were asked how often they think about race using the 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and were divided into those who “ever” think about race, and those who “never” do.

Thinking about race as a black patient was associated with a roughly five point increase in diastolic blood pressure (the “bottom” blood pressure number) and about a four point increase in systolic blood pressure (the “top” blood pressure number) compared to black patients who said they never thought about race. There was no effect on blood pressure in race-conscious white patients.

About half of the black patients in the survey were likely to ever think about race compared to about 1 in 5 of the white patients.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Black patients who worry or think frequently about race have higher blood pressure than those who don’t

    So do Whites pal – so do Whites

    • 48224

      A NY Times story claimed black women miscarry more and racism was the cause. The real reason was a specific protein but the NY Times never mentioned it. A leftist college professor I had passed copies of the story out in class. He was a real nut job.

  • Irishgirl

    “…black patients who said they never thought about race.”

    That guy was probably lying.

  • WmarkW

    “From the time of the Roman Empire until well after the discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium in 1882, many of the best medical minds believed that “miasmas”—invisible vapors emitted from the earth—caused killer infections such as typhus, diphtheria, and
    malaria. Though the bacteriological revolution of the late nineteenth century routed that theory, a new miasma theory has lately sprung up in schools of public health, holding that racism and sexism, though as unmeasurable as the ancient miasmas, cause AIDS, cancer, drug addiction, and heart disease. Indeed, according to public health professors,
    living in America is acutely hazardous to women and minorities, so shot through is the United States with sickness-producing—even fatal—injustice and bigotry.”
    — Public Health Quackery
    Heather Mac Donald

    • Oil Can Harry

      It’s now official: by whipping blacks into a frenzy Eric Holder, Jesse Jerkson, Al Charlatan and the rest of the racial arsonists are shortening the lives of their people.

      • IstvanIN

        “Whipping” isn’t a word that blacks and DWLs like. Slavery and all that.

        • Erasmus

          “Whipping” isn’t a word that blacks and DWLs like.

          Neither are words like “work,” “responsibility,” “job,” “marriage,” and “education,” but I’m not going to stop using those, so I’ll keep using “whipping” as well.

          • IstvanIN

            Good for you, but I work in a place where the Union’s summer picnic had to be renamed Summer Event because “picnic” be racists and sheet.

      • BonusGift

        I say whip away and let the chips fall where they may. I just wish it was true.

      • Of course, but it will still magically be our fault. Why not: world-renowned geologist and climatologist Danny Glover has proved by assertion that global warming was responsible for the 2010 Haiti earthquake and that white people are to blame.

        His current research will show that white people made the dinosaurs extinct by putting drugs in their schools.

        Afterward, he will invent the helicopter; he’s just that kind of guy.

      • Gereng

        Where’s the problem?

    • Spartacus

      Racism causes AIDS ?!?!? How the hell does that happen ?!?!

      • JohnEngelman

        White racism forces blacks to be promiscuous. It also forces them to commit lots of crimes.

      • IstvanIN

        If more whites would enter into inter-racial relationships blacks wouldn’t have to have sex with other infected blacks.

        • I’m calling dibs on Tawana Brawley and Crystal Magnum. Their level-headedness, honesty, responsibility and personal hygiene habits are so appealing, after all.

          • IstvanIN

            As long as I get Jeantel Rachel. She may be dumb, but what a body!

          • You be new skoo, then. You got game, dawg! You be representin’!

      • stewball


  • Creepy ass crackers!

    I have hypertension and I can tell you I don’t have a drop of black DNA. I have high blood pressure because of White persecution and minority privilege.

  • This is almost comical. The study should be called “Jealousy in blacks raises blood pressure”, because that is what they are exhibiting. black people have no fear of White people, blacks know public racism barely exists. White people on the other hand fear groups of blacks and aggressive alone blacks. How much does fear raise blood pressure? Nobody fears their car breaking down in a White suburb, everybody fears their car breaking down in a black hood, even blacks.

    • BonusGift

      It is comical. It also makes me wonder how much ‘research’ that is now done, and not just at Johns Hopkins ‘University’, is this comical and used for these types of ends (i.e., kill YT and generally try to support BRA), a few percent, half …?

  • Rhialto

    I am a non-wealthy white male. Why should I care about a group that I do not belong to, and who are indifferent/ hostile to my welfare.

    • Anon

      Because you won’t kill them or make war to force separation from them or make it dangerous for liberals to implement such a high degree of socialism in this nation, any serious health problem among blacks results in less resources for you. They are given priority over you. One day you may starve because society is pulling out all stops to save a population of crack addled psychopaths who now need millions of dollars worth of care to stay alive after their heart attacks, diabetes and other health problems.

      That’s why.

      Until you personally throw off the shackles of slavery, then what effects them, effects you.

      My point is a serious one. White people must deal with blacks, one way or another. We can’t just ignore them. I suspect the world is on the cusp of another world war to settle the matter once and for all.

      • BonusGift

        You are correct; and I too think that it is on the cusp of something that will trend in that direction, as regardless of what the cultural Marxists want they seem to have, as Margaret Thatcher noted, “run out of other peoples’ money”/resources. Oops, you mean it not all skittles and buttercups in utopia? Sarc. off.

  • Jefferson

    High blood pressure be racist yo. I hate creepy a$$ high blood pressure.

  • bigone4u

    In Econ 101 decades ago I learned that correlation is not necessarily causation. Did the clowns who did this study stop to think about the role of genes and diet in high blood pressure? Who funded this junk? Obama’s bureaucrats most likely. Watch blacks be given a “racism” discount on their Obamacare insurance premiums because of racist high blood pressure. I’d laugh but I think I’ll cry instead.

    • They already are given a discount:

      www dot paradisegone dot com/2012/06/04/obesity-tops-smoking-in-health-spending-from-risk-insurance-my-input/

      Obesity in America is now adding an astounding $190 billion to the annual national health care price tag, exceeding smoking as public enemy No. 1 when it comes to cost. Obese men rack up an additional $1,152 a year in medical spending, especially for hospitalization and prescription drugs, John Cawley and Chad Meyerhoefer of LeHigh University reported in the Journal of Health Economics (Ed: who knew there was such a publication). Obese women account for an extra $3,613 a year. The researchers found even higher costs among the uninsured: annual medical spending for an obese person was $3,271 compared with $512 for the nonobese.

      • Irishgirl

        Must be all those sodas.

    • exLibtard

      Did the clowns who did this study stop to think about the role of genes and diet in high blood pressure?

      Such factors are irrelevant because we know, a priori, that everyone is innately identical and that race is an arbitrary social construction with zero genetic basis.

  • Triarius

    Phew, for a second there I thought we were going to have the first article in the history of mainstream media where blacks would be asked to take responsibility for themselves and not blame whitey. Overall, I am a little disappointed in this article, it didn’t even attempt to try to tie this to slavery or mention Nazis so I give it a C- overall.

  • Funruffian

    It just goes to show that Blacks are their own worst enemy. But they should subsist as long as we have self-hating White liberals in power to extend their mindless generosity.
    Feeding and assisting a malevolent parasite is not an action worthy of praise, but rather an action worthy of scorn.

    • BonusGift

      Well put.

  • Anon

    I’m surprised anyone who knows anything about blood pressure at all, can make a claim like this with a straight face. What chutzpah….to effectively tell patients with serious medical problems that the cause is some imaginary and childish BS that supports the doctors crazy political FANTASIES. It begs the question how many black patients went untreated and died early because, well, the cause must be racism and that’s not something a doctor treats.

    Back in reality, two of the main problems with blacks and blood pressure are drug use and medication compliance. Blacks like crack cocaine. Use of crack cocaine is near universal among black men. Crack cocaine causes insane rises in blood pressure. There simply is no legitimate treatment of the black hypertensive patient without drug rehab. It’s as simple as that. Crack kills black most effectively through high blood pressure….if they live into middle age without being shot. The other issue is medication compliance. The days of voodoo treatment of hypertension are long gone. We have effective medications for it. But they are only effective if people take them. And black compliance with taking blood pressure meds is near zero (its in the single digits).

    These two issues, easily measured and accounted for, basically explain the hypertension issue with blacks. The hilarious thing is, were I to ask the liberal bonehead who blames “raycism” about the drug issue, he’d be pro-legalization.

    • Irishgirl

      Maybe the solution is to put blood pressure medication in a crack pipe. 100% compliance!

      • NeanderthalDNA

        It’s their women who drive them too it, according to our capital city’s most distinguished mayor ever, Marion Barry…

        After being caught smokin’ da crack on film with a prostitute, the esteemed Mr. Barry explained it quite succinctly…

        “B**ch set me up!”

    • IstvanIN

      Use of crack is near universal among black men? That seems like an extreme statement. It may be used by a lot of blacks, but near universal?

    • Diet? 365Black fast feeders can’t be good for your BP.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    You know what raises my blood pressure? Being constantly bombarded by the media and academia with this social justice stuff.

    • Cancel cable NV and use the set only for movies you have on VHS or DVD. I will never have cable in my home because I believe that even at its best, propagandistic vomit masquerading as “news” would enter my home via this conduit.

      It’s amazing how many things one doesn’t buy, just because some mixed-species shills are hawking it, once you eliminate negrovision from your life.

  • exLibtard

    Black patients who worry or think frequently about race have higher blood pressure than those who don’t, according to new study by a research group based at Johns Hopkins University.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this were actually true. I find my blood pressure increases when I’m on AmRen or other sites documenting my dispossession.

  • haroldcrews

    I’m obviously concerned about race but I have low blood pressure.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Yes I am sure that their high blood pressure occurs because they fret about race. It couldn’t possibly be their rampant obesity and incredibly poor eating habits.

    • bigone4u

      Your comment reminds me of stories posted by commenters on amren about blacks and “all you can eat” buffets. That’s some serious eating going on there.

  • JohnEngelman

    Negroes have high blood pressure because in the hot climate of Africa they evolved to conserve salt. Consequently, they are vulnerable in the cooler climate of the United States and to the high salt diet of the United States.

    • IstvanIN

      Lets give them one way cruise ship tickets back to the homeland.

    • Erasmus

      So sending them back to Africa is the humanitarian thing to do.

    • Bossman

      Yes, there could be climatic factors involved. They also have weaker kidney functions that does not regular the mineral elements such as sodium, potassium, calcium, etc. very well. They sweat more and urinate less than white people. Hot and sunny places would be better for them.

      • Johnny Clay

        Does that explain the smell?

        • Yes, black people sweat out more urea than White or Asian people.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    They should test the blood pressure of teachers who teach at heavily “diverse” schools, especially White teachers, Test ’em during the year and at vacation time. That would yield some interesting results.

    Funny how no mention seems to be made of human genetic differences, Must be raycizm.

  • Sick of it

    ” and may help explain the huge disparity in blood pressure levels
    between African Americans in the United States and other races.”

    So now even Johns Hopkins is trying to ignore the biological reality of race. Hypertension usually runs in one’s family and guess which group has it the most often?

  • A Freespeechzone

    Quite frankly, I DON’T CARE!

  • Extropico

    The Black obesity rate is 51% higher than the White rate, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They should see a bariatrician for their crapulent eating habits.

    • Jack Burton

      It wouldn’t help them. It has nothing to do with information about proper eating habits, it’s impulse control, which we know blacks have a really hard time with even from a young age.

      I once talked to a black nurse who said she had a stroke, and still she says she eats what she wants to, fried chicken and everything else. She said “I’m gonna do what I do.”

  • T_Losan

    Let me guess, the authors of this study were white? It takes a white person to deliberately confound correlation and causation of ethnic differences in medicine, a subject that is not exactly new.

    Apparently Chinese respond better to morphine than whites (“Ethnic Differences in Response to Morphine”, Vanderbilt University)–perhaps they can conjure up some racism-related explanation for that too.

  • IKantunderstand

    So, the answer I believe is: We need more Paula Deens and rodeo clowns.

  • din_do_nuffins

    There is a tribal chief somewhere in the fens of sunny Africa with high blood pressure right now.

    His 50 black wives are not the cause- my racist White privilege is.

    The UN Human Rights Commission on Dismantling Racism is on the case.

  • Winston_Jack

    Racism is also responsible for asthma, at least where blacks are concerned!
    I’m not kidding, go to toiletnation/dot/wordpress/dot/com

  • Jack Burton

    Rather because of black militancy. It’s not racism against them, but because they’re looking for racism, it’s their own bias and one that they wish to confirm. Blacks constantly have confirmation bias.

  • tacheles

    [Could “racism” be why blacks have higher blood pressure?]
    I always thought it was global warming. Global warming is the unified field theory that explains every phenomenon.
    What we need now is a study that shows a link between high levels of apprehension and black criminality.

    • IstvanIN

      a link between high levels of apprehension
      Blacks do worry about being apprehended.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    It sure has raised mine.

  • rightrightright

    If obese black people put themselves on a severe vegetarian diet, they would be too occupied with contemplating their hunger pangs to fret about racial oppression (sic). The diet would drive down their blood pressure as would the lack of their own hypertension-aggravating thoughts. Sorted.

    • Erasmus

      If obese black people put themselves on a severe vegetarian diet, they would be too occupied with contemplating their hunger pangs to fret about racial oppression (sic).

      On the up-side it would give them something new to whine about.

  • Jim Henry

    I am sure diet has no effect on black HBP.

    It is most definitely racism. Not only does racism cause high blood pressure in the negro, but also:

    Total dependence on others for survival, uncontrolled birth rates, strong desire for white pink (you need to think about that one), being late for work, the ability to s**t where one eats, craving of most black men to have sex with punks, abhorring the sale of draft beer in ghetto bars (look it up), mispronouncing the word Buick, leaving those little ingrown hairy things from their face in public sinks, foot and colon issues, etc. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • John R

    This is not surprising. If you are going to go through life with a chip on your shoulder-as many blacks do-then of course you are going to have high blood pressure. When I am on this website I think about race. And I generally try and avoid blacks as much as I can, but beyond that, I am happy and relaxed and cheerful most of the time. My health and blood pressure are fine.

  • Bossman

    Currently Latinos have a greater lifespan than Whites and Blacks. Most Latinos are poor. The phenomenon is called the Hispanic paradox.

  • Eddie Lutz

    I don’t see how accurate this study can be. There are too many variables. For instance, how many of those blacks with high blood pressure also eat fried chicken on a regular basis?

  • MBlanc46

    Eureka! I’ve got the solution. Blacks should stop thinking about race and get on with their lives.

    • Joseph

      Be realistic; a cure for cancer will be forthcoming before that happens.

    • Blacks don’t merely “think” about race; they are absolutely obsessed with it. From the goofball, made-up “African” names they give their children and their need for an artificial, meaningless “holiday” (Kwanzaa) to the NAACP’s focus on white college fraternity parties instead of the sky-high black criminality and out-of-wedlock childbirth rates, it’s race, race, race out of them 24/7.

      • MBlanc46

        And a particular construction of race: white racism and black victimization. No other point of view is permitted.

        • If it weren’t for white racism, they’d each have two Saturns that don’t run, a Steyr “Pinzgauer” truck that runs most of the time, and a ’31 Model-A Ford.

          • MBlanc46

            All those mathematicians, geneticists, and particle physicists lost, and it’s all our fault! Mea culpa, mea culpa!

  • WR_the_realist

    So blacks obsessed with anti-white hatred have high blood pressure? That wouldn’t surprise me. Actually, anybody living in a black neighborhood is likely to have high blood pressure — because of the other blacks.

  • MBlanc46

    Thanks, John. It’s proper and necessary to point out deficits in black behavior. But it makes us look bad when we make outrageously false claims. Facts are our friends.

    • JohnEngelman

      Facts are the friends of race realists.

      False claims and exaggerations by race realists are the friends of those who want to discredit race realism.

      • As a former scientist and engineer, I completely subscribe to GIGO: Garbage-In, Garbage-Out. Useful decisions thus can not be derived from bull-manure beliefs.

        Hitler believed that Americans were bad soldiers, even though it was a US army with advanced training from surviving French Chasseurs Alpins that broke the Heer in 1918.

        Tojo thought we would negotiate a settlement to the Pacific War after Pearl Harbor.

        The truth is always useful, even if it first makes one uncomfortable, and sometimes especially when it does so.

  • Andy

    1/2 of blacks and 4/5 of whites *never* think about race?

    I’ll believe 4/5 of whites *try* to never think about race.

  • Perhaps, but I was always vulnerable to love, which always hurt me most,

  • Poor whites smoke cigarettes. This is the No. 1 cause of early, preventable death in the USA.