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A recent study published in the American Medicine Association Journal reported that preeclampsia in pregnant women is due to various factors that include social and cultural factors. In addition, the study published that the merging of the factors can lead to high preeclampsia rates in African American women.

However, African American women born in the country record a higher rate of preeclampsia than those who immigrated into the U.S. 

How researchers conducted the study

The study authors reviewed medical reports for various races such as Hispanic, African American, and White. The study subjected the respondents to various tests to check certain weights, illnesses, etc. The authors reported that birth location plays a massive role in preeclampsia cases in pregnant black women.

About 26% of the Respondents were black women born outside of the U.S. The study highlighted that these women recorded lower rates of acquiring preeclampsia.

Study authors also categorized women that had resided in the U.S. for less than ten years in the same group. The study divided the Respondents into three groups according to race. The research revealed that women born in the U.S. presented a higher risk of being affected with preeclampsia regardless of their ethnicity.

Why immigrants are at a lower risk of getting preeclampsia

The study revealed that women who travel to the U.S. obtain a better life for themselves and their families. However, after analyzing the women’s health records, the study authors discovered that they were more healthy than the women born in the U.S.

Conducted by John Hopkin’s University’s medicine faculty and published by EurekAlert and

One of the leading authors, Garima Sharma, stated that women who travel to the states become unhealthy as time goes by. Sharma further stated that this happens to absorb the U.S’s culture, thus increasing their risk of getting preeclampsia.

The study didn’t focus on racism as a factor because most immigrant black women reside in immigrant concentrated areas, thus reducing the rate of discrimination.

The study authors also revealed that more work is required to explore the factors that contribute to the rate of preeclampsia in black pregnant women.