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OBJECTIVES: We considered whether US Blacks experience early health deterioration,
as measured across biological indicators of repeated exposure and adaptation
to stressors. METHODS: Using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, we examined allostatic load scores for adults aged 18â64 years. We estimated probability of a high score by age, race, gender, and poverty status and Blacksâ odds of having a high score relative to Whitesâ odds. RESULTS: Blacks had higher scores than did Whites and had a greater probability
of a high score at all ages, particularly at 35â64 years. Racial differences were
not explained by poverty. Poor and nonpoor Black women had the highest and
second highest probability of high allostatic load scores, respectively, and the
highest excess scores compared with their male or White counterparts. CONCLUSIONS: We found evidence that racial inequalities in health exist across
a range of biological systems among adults and are not explained by racial differences in poverty. The weathering effects of living in a race-conscious society may be greatest among those Blacks most likely to engage in high-effort coping.