According to a recently released survey, gay, lesbian and bisexual people have more physical and mental health issues than straight men and women in the United States.
The National Health Interview Survey, which has been taking surveys since 1957, added questions about sexual orientation in 2013 and 2014.
Almost 69,000 people participated in the survey that exposed lesbian, gay and bisexual adults “were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use, potentially due to the stressors that (they) experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination,” researchers wrote online June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
In report that was published, Gilbert Gonzales of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville discovered bisexual women were twice as likely to have several continuous health problems compared to heterosexual women, lesbians were 51 percent more likely.
According to the survey, 26 percent of gay men, 28 percent of lesbian women, 40 percent of bisexual men and 46 percent of bisexual women suffered from psychological distress.
“While there aren’t that many studies focusing on bisexual adults, previous studies have indicated they’re probably at greater risk,” he said.
The survey also found that gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals have more problems with heavy drinking and smoking than heterosexuals.
“It’s important that all our federal surveys begin to collect sexual orientation status and gender identity,” said Gonzales. “This kind of work would not be (possible) if the question wasn’t asked.”