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Here's How The Great Recession Impacted Your Health

A new study led by Dr. Teresa Seeman, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, reveals how high unemployment and stagnant wages during the Great Recession negatively affected health nationwide. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Great Recession of the early 21st century was a period of global economic decline marked by high unemployment and stagnant wages.

In the United States, the effects included a toll on human health, in particular significant increases in blood pressure and blood glucose levels, a new study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. 

Teresa Seeman, lead author of the study and a professor of medicine & epidemiology in the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said she and her colleagues found substantial differences between demographic groups.

"When populations are faced with major economic stresses, we need to keep in mind the likely health risks that may result," she said.