CHICAGO — The transgender population is affected by diminished health-related quality of life more than cisgender individuals, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Healio reports.
The CDC introduced an optional Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity module to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 2014 to address the need for routine, standardized data collection to evaluate health in the transgender population, Healio reports.
Between 2014-2017, the pooled data set classified 3,075 individuals, an estimated 0.55 percent of the sample, as transgender, which would extrapolate to 1.27 million transgender people in the general population of the United States, Healio reports.
Compared to cisgender adults, those who identified as transgender were more likely to have experienced diminished health-related quality of life as higher odds of fair or poor health or severe mental distress in the last 30 days. Transgender adults also had more days of activity limitation and poor physical and mental health. Transgender adults were less likely to have health insurance and reported more current cigarette use and physical inactivity than cisgender adults, Healio reports.