Niño, Michael D. (2017). Religiosity and cardiometabolic risk among Latina/os in young adulthood. Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association.
Research continues to demonstrate that religiosity plays an important role in adult health outcomes. However, less is known about the role various religious beliefs and behaviors have on health outcomes for the fastest growing population in the United States, Latina/os. Using Waves I-IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), we examined the effect religious salience, religious attendance, and frequency of prayer had on cardiometabolic risk among Latina/os in young adulthood. A comprehensive measure of cardiometabolic risk was captured using nine biomarkers from Wave IV of the Add Health. Poisson regression estimates revealed that all three measures of religiosity were significantly associated with decreased cardiometabolic risk disease. For instance, Latina/os that reported attending religious services once or more a day were less at risk for cardiometabolic disease when compared to those who report never attending religious services. Findings from this study support the assertion that religious beliefs and behaviors play an important role in mitigating cardiometabilic risk for Latina/os in young adulthood.
Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association
Niño, Michael D.
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