Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz

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Professor of endocrinology to discuss stress and chronic diseases in first Science Cafe

Frank Schwartz, professor of endocrinology in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will host the first Science Café discussion at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Baker University Center Front Room.

For nearly 30 years, Schwartz has practiced medicine in the Appalachian area examining the relationship between socioeconomic stress and chronic diseases. His talk titled, "Socioeconomic Stress, Appalachia and Chronic Disease," will focus on lifestyle interventions to overcome chronic diseases. It is free and open to the public.

Schwartz said food insecurity anxiety is all too prevalent within many Appalachian residents, which may contribute to the development of severe chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

"It's sort of the link of the stress of not knowing where your next meal is coming from, the stress of having an insecure food supply and even just the feeling of resentment," Schwartz said. "The people who are poor are aware of it and resent it, and that causes physiological responses that are detrimental to them."