Social Inequalities in Inflammation: Age Variations in Older Persons

TitleSocial Inequalities in Inflammation: Age Variations in Older Persons
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMitchell, UA, Aneshensel, CS
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Date Published08/2017
KeywordsDemographics, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare

Objective: Systemic inflammation is an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and inequalities by race/ethnicity, gender, and education have been documented. However, there is incomplete knowledge as to how these disparities present across age, especially in late life. This study assesses whether differences in C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, are contingent on age among older persons. Method: Data are from the 2006/2008 Health and Retirement Study (n = 10,974) biomarker assessment. CRP was regressed on interactions between age and other status characteristics. Results: Racial/ethnic differences in inflammation do not vary significantly by age. However, gender and education differences are greatest at younger ages and then narrow steadily with increasing age. Discussion: There is considerable heterogeneity in how disparities in inflammation present across age and characteristics such as race/ethnicity, gender, and education. Understanding status differences in the influence of age on factors affecting late-life health is useful for health disparities research.

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inflammation/health disparities/race/ethnicity/gender/education

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Citation Key6493
PubMed ID27117593