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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Real Reason Why More Blacks and Other Minorities Have (and Die From) Asthma

Black child with asthma

According to The Asthma Center, thousands of people die of asthma each year in the United States. However, the risk of death among African-Americans is three times greater than that of whites in America.

The real reason

Overall, the risk of asthma in the U.S. is approximately 1 in 400,000 persons. But why is the risk 3 times greater among Blacks and minorities? "Pollution," says researchers at the University of Washington.

More minorities and people of color live near high-traffic roadways where there is greater exposure to pollution.

Not just asthma

Pollution can lead to respiratory diseases like asthma. Other studies have gone so far as to say their studies show that living close to major roadways increases your risk of dying from lung cancer.

The studies indicate that 5,000 premature deaths from heart disease among minorities could have been prevented if they were exposed to less pollution.

Not just adults

It also affects children. Another report found that 4.4 million school children were exposed to highly polluted air, and the pollution was greater among students attending predominantly low-income and minority schools.

Because more minorities and people of color live near high-traffic roadways, it appears that race was the most significant influence on rates of exposure, even more than income, age or education factors.

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