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Are you protecting yourself from diabetes ?

It could kill you

8/11/2013, 9:32 p.m.

Are you protecting yourself from diabetes ?

Diabetes is the third largest killer of African-Americans today.

Before 1940, diabetes was thought to be rare among the African-American community. But, not anymore. Today, we have a much higher rate of diabetes than White americans at all adult age levels.

Unfortunately, as our ages increase, so does our chances of getting diabetes. In the age group between 45-65, one tenth or 1 in every 10 African-Americans will be affected by diabetes. That is twice the rate of Whites in the same age group that will ultimately have to deal with diabetes.

For those over the age of 65, the complications from diabetes are three times the amount suffered by Whites. In African-American women, the disease has really gotten a grip. In Black women over the age of 55, one out of four suffers from diabetes.

Blacks also suffer from other illnesses caused by diabetes. Three of the most serious complications that arise from diabetes are kidney failure, blindness and lost of limb through amputation. Our death rate is 132 percent higher than our White counterparts too.

Pregnant Black diabetic women are three times more likely to lose their child during or immediately after having a baby than White women who have diabetes.

The Center for Health Statistics is responsible for the collection of stats on the many diseases and illness that fell us as human beings and they state that other minorities in the United States have even higher mortality rates dealing with diabetes than African-Americans do.

Oddly enough, they are a few things that you can do to help prevent diabetes from stealing your life from you.

  1. Lose weight
  2. Change your diet to include less sodium and less sugar
  3. Go to the doctor for routine check ups regularly
  4. Choose a healthy lifestyle
  5. Eat balanced meals and less sugary junk foods
  6. Eat lots of fiber (Fiber helps to control the glucose levels in the blood)

So remember, you do play a major part in how you will live out your life. It is most important that you so stay on top of your health, ask questions of your doctor and read as much material on this and other diseases that attack African-Americans.