Addressing African American Health Concerns

Posted in Nutraceutical Science Review on February 6, 2013 by Olivia Mungal

A major challenge facing the African American population today is health, and just like other group—men, women or senior citizens—this community has its own unique list of health concerns. While certain factors related to these afflictions are a matter of genetics, progress in preventative nutrition has developed a number of options that can be easily implemented.

heartbeatHeart Disease – Heart disease is currently the number one cause of death for African Americans. According to the CDC, African Americans have the largest age-adjusted death rates due to heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol and plaque can build up in blood vessels, straining blood flow and weakening the blood vessels themselves. Ordinarily flexible, unhealthy blood vessels become hard and brittle, making them more prone to blockage and rupture. 



 Type 2 Diabetes  – According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the African American community has been most strongly affected by the diabetes epidemic in recent years. Today, nearly one out of five African Americans is currently living with this chronic disease, and preventative education is now more important than ever.


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