Housing Woes May Contribute to Poor Health11/09/10
TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who struggle to
afford housing are at increased risk for poor health, according to
a new study.
"People are dealing with a lot of competing costs in life and often have limited financial means in order to cover those costs. What we worry about is when housing costs are high, some of the health care may suffer," lead author Dr. Craig Pollack, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a news release from the Center for Advancing Health.
Pollack and his colleagues analyzed data from slightly more than
10,000 participants in the 2008 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household
Survey and found that nearly half said they were struggling to
afford the cost of their home. Of that group, more than a quarter
rated their health as poor or fair.
People who were having difficulty paying for housing had a
significantly higher incidence of high blood pressure and
arthritis. The study also found a distinct difference between
renters and property owners.
"If you were a renter, you were more likely to report poor self-rated health," Pollack said.
He believes this is because renters tend to have less money and
have limited means to pay for health care.
The study appears online and in the November print issue of the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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