Sunday, April 29, 2007

Top 5 Issues In Black Health

When considering who takes their health the least seriously, you'll hear more than a few people say Blacks are in the lead in that area. Personally, I'm of the mind that while there could be some truth there, we're actually making strides to become healthier.

What you're finding now in Black Americans is a generation that is benefiting from the many health strides that have been made over the years. We're presented with more and more information on specific health concerns and we're also in a better financial position to take advantage of prevention, treatment and care of these health issues we face. I would even say that a consideration could be that of sports nutrition. So many of our youth have dreams of competing in sports on a professional level, they are now realizing that nutrition may be one of the top factors that will set them apart. It's no longer "talent" alone that will get them that golden opportunity.

Of the many health concerns in America, the Top 5 Black Health Issues are (in no particular order)

  • AIDS
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
Now that we have more information readily available and socio economic (while certainly still an issue) factors are more positive, we're in position to tackle these health issues head on. We know that lack of exercise contributes to hypertension and heart disease. We're more educated concerning AIDS as well.

I will not say we're at a point that the issue of Black Health has become a non issue. I will say that we have the tools to continue on the positive path of change where our health is concerned.

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