Could Student Loan Debt Threaten Your Health? – FOX 11 and FOX 41 – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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THURSDAY, May 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) — As the Biden Administration weighs the possibility of broad student loan forgiveness, a new study finds that people mired in student debt face a heightened risk of heart disease by middle age.

The findings are not the first to suggest that student debt can take a mental and physical toll.

Young adults who are paying off huge loans have been shown to have poorer sleep, higher blood pressure and higher rates of smoking than their debt-free peers — though why remains uncertain.

The new study suggests that while student loans can bring big benefits — namely, a college degree — there may be health consequences for people who struggle for years to repay them.

Researchers found that Americans who were still carrying student debt into their 30s and early 40s typically showed more risk factors for heart disease — including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and excess weight. They also had higher blood levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of c

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