ISGMH Study Finds that Diabetes Risk Is Higher Among LGBQ Teens than Heterosexual Teens

A new  study by Dr. Lauren Beach, a postdoctoral fellow at ISGMH, has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) youth are more likely than heterosexual youth are to develop Type 2 diabetes, be obese, and engage in sedentary activities. The study, which was published by the journal Pediatric Diabetes, examines how minority stress experienced by LGBQ youth can contribute to stress-linked coping behaviors that lead to poor physical health. It is the largest study to date to report differences in levels of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and obesity by sex and sexual orientation among high-school-aged students.

Dr. Gregory Phillips II, director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program at ISGMH, was senior author on the study. Dylan Felt, Rachel Marro and Blair Turner of Northwestern were co-authors on the study.

Read the full Northwestern University press release here.