Health Statistics for African American
Americans of African Diasporas decent need to look beyond western medicine for natural healing alternative treatment. Our Black family health care centers need to be built using all natural treatment programs, natural whole foods, and all natural remedies & recipes designed by us for us "the African race".
Now, don't get me wrong -- this is not a race issue. White-Americans are suffering just as much as African-Americans, but they are a little more aware of alternative medicine and the science behind it, giving them a jump start on other preventive solutions not all drug-based.
Where our African American communities suffer from a lack of awareness and interest in health, especially alternative health care. The lack of interest, current lifestyle preferences and blind trust in western medicine are killing us off at a alarming rate. The community lack knowledge about nutrition, science and other life priorities like lack of financial resources. And most of all the lack of awareness about ethic targeting by the food and drug industry.
The pharmaceutical company have no mercy on us!
So, if it's not a race issue, then, what is it? Well, it's a "Business issue",(not health care but a business) an economic issue. Western Medicine is big business. It's job is to make money by getting us to buy their drugs and other poisons. And, it's the doctors (who we trust) that have become modern-day drug pushers that far exceed the danger of the street drug dealer.
Given this lack of awareness, most African-Americans and other minorities are unaware of real alternative medicine that is based on real science. Most African-Americans defer to Western Medicine and its drugs; and assumes that most of alternative medicine is a bunch of scams. As a result, African-Americans have not educated themselves about the science behind real alternative (natural) medicine.
Health Conditions: In 2009, the death rate for African Americans was higher than Whites for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, influenza and pneumonia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and homicide.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among African American women
• African American males are dying at a higher rate from prostate cancer than any other ethnic group.
• In cancer case studies, African Americans and other minorities with cancer have a shorter live-expectancy than whites in all stages of diagnoses
- African American adults were 1.9 times more likely than white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.
- In 2002, African American men were 2.1 times as likely to start treatment for end-stage renal (kidney) disease related to diabetes, compared to white men.
- In 2003, diabetic African Americans were 1.7 times as likely as diabetic Whites to be hospitalized.
- In 2005, African Americans were 2.2 times as likely as whites to die from diabetes.
• The death rate for Africans Americans with diabetes is 40% higher than any other race of people.
• In 2008, diabetes became the leading cause of blindness among African American males and females.
High Blood Pressure
"The Silent Killer"
• Over 80% of African Americans in the age range of 35-45 have or will be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
• Black people with high blood pressure usually have kidney failure about four times more than white people.
- In 2005, African American men were 30% more likely to die from heart disease, as compared to white men.
- African Americans were 1.4 times as likely as whites to have high blood pressure.
The statistics are staggering The National Stroke Association stated "African Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other race of people living here in America".
- African American adults are twice as likely than their White adult counterparts to have a stroke.
- African American males were 60% more likely to die from a stroke than their White adult counterparts.
- Analysis from a CDC health interview survey reveals that African American stroke survivors were more likely to become disabled and have difficulty with activities of daily living than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
• 1 in 3 African Americans with high blood pressure will suffer a stroke
• African American women have the highest rates of being overweight compared to other ethnic groups in the U.S.
• In 2009, black women were 60% more likely to more obese than other minority and white women.
•National Health and Nutrition Examination
(NHANES) found at 21% African American and other minorities adolescents ages 12-19 were more likely to be at risk of overweight than white adolescents.
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