Poster Topical Area: Community and Public Health Nutrition

Location: Auditorium

Poster Board Number: 38

P06-017 - Discrimination is Associated with Worse Metabolic Syndrome Severity among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study

Monday, Jun 11
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Objective: Using Jackson Heart Study data, we examined the associations of perceived discrimination with metabolic syndrome (MetS) severity among AA adults at baseline and over 8-year follow-up.


Methods: Daily discrimination, lifetime discrimination, and discrimination burden were reported by 3,870 participants aged 21 to 95 years (mean age 53.8±13.0; 63.1% female). Each discrimination variable was classified into tertiles (low, medium, high). After adjustment for demographics and MetS risk factors (i.e., nutrition, physical activity, smoking status, and alcohol consumption), associations of discrimination variables were examined with a sex- and race/ethnicity-specific MetS severity Z-score.


Results: Independent of lifestyle and demographic factors, perceived daily discrimination was significantly associated with medium and high levels (p=0.024 and p=0.004, respectively). Medium (p=0.0505) and high (p=0.0574) reported levels of lifetime discrimination approached a significant association with MetS severity. Only medium levels of perceived lifetime discrimination were associated with a change in MetS severity over time (p=0.0209). There was no significant association between discrimination burden and MetS severity in any model.


Conclusions: Our results suggest discrimination is a salient psychosocial risk factor for the severity of MetS among AA.




Funding Source:

This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01HL120960) and the National Center For Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (UL1TR001427). The views expressed in this manuscript are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institutes of Health; or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

CoAuthors: Yuan-I Min – University of Mississippi Medical Center; Mario Sims – University of Mississippi Medical Center; Solomon Musani – University of Mississippi Medical Center; Akilah Dulin-Keita – Brown University; Clarence Gravlee – University of Florida; Mark Deboer – University of Virginia Health System; Matthew Gurka – University of Florida

Michelle Cardel

Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida