A new study published by New York University found bisexual men are more likely to get heart disease than their straight counterparts.
Researchers went over the responses of 7,731 men ages 20 to 59 from a national health survey to see what risk factors for heart disease men of various sexual orientations had, according to a release on the study. Bisexual men were found to be more likely to have negative health factors like mental stress, obesity and high blood pressure.
"Poor mental health is a recognized risk factor for the development of heart disease," said the study's lead author Billy Caceres. "Clinicians should be educated about sexual minority health and should routinely screen bisexual men for mental distress as a risk factor for heart disease. This is particularly important as healthcare organizations increasingly include sexual orientation as part of demographic questionnaires in electronic health records."
The study, which was published in the journal LGBT Health, called for more heart screenings for bisexual men and for more understanding of the different health needs of various sexual identities.