A recent nationwide study found that homosexuals and bisexuals have a much greater risk of suffering from health problems than heterosexuals in the United States.
According to a massive National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which comprised of 69,000 adults — including 1,664 “gay,” lesbian and/or bisexual participants — Americans who choose an alternative lifestyle are much more likely to take part in behavior that is hazardous to their health.
“[Homosexuals] were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use,” NHIS’s research findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated.
Dire consequences for choices
Including sexual orientation for the first time in 2013 — since it has begun analyzing Americans’ health back in 1957 — the latest NHIS study led by Dr. Gilbert Gonzales of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine found some surprising facts about lesbians.
“[L]esbians were 91 percent more likely to have ‘poor’ or ‘fair’ health and 51 percent more likely to have multiple chronic conditions compared to heterosexual women,” LifeSiteNews reported about the study’s findings. “Lesbians also were significantly more likely to experience psychological distress than female heterosexuals (28 percent vs. 22 percent).”
The results uncovered for homosexual men and bisexuals showed that their health problems were highly elevated, as well.
“Homosexual men reported psychological distress in much greater numbers than heterosexual men, with 26 percent of gays suffering the malady as compared to 17 percent of heterosexual men.” LifeSiteNews’ Fr. Mark Hodges explained. “Bisexuals reported even worse health, with bisexual women having more than double the percentage of multiple chronic conditions and more than twice the percentage of psychological distress as female heterosexuals (22 percent vs. 46 percent). Bisexual men also suffer more than twice as much from psychological distress than heterosexual men (17 percent vs. 40 percent).”
The relationship between one’s sexual gender preference and one’s health problems was highlighted by those presenting the research results.
“Sexual orientation has an influential effect on several aspects of health,” JAMA Editor Dr. Mitchell H. Katz stressed. “Psychological distress was more common among gay men, bisexual men and bisexual women than heterosexuals. There was more cigarette smoking and greater alcohol use among lesbians, gay men and bisexuals than heterosexuals.”
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Michael F. Haverluck