Heart Health of Trans Youth

Protestors from the LGTBQ+ community Christopher Street Day 2021

This is one of very few resources that looks at how gender identity affects heart health among trans youth. Trans youth may experience stress and distress from an early age because their biological sex does not align with their gender identity. This resource highlights how that can increase their risk factors for heart conditions.

“When looking at diagnosis/billing codes with objective measures listed in the chart, the study found that transgender youth were 1.8x as likely to have abnormal cholesterol levels, 1.4x as likely to have liver dysfunction and 1.3x as likely to have high blood pressure when compared with cisgender youth. Transgender males were 1.5x as likely to be overweight or obese, and 1.9x as likely to have polycystic ovary syndrome, a common hormonal disorder that affects metabolic and reproductive health.”