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Dealing with Diabetes

By on January 4, 2011
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Diabetes is preventable and manageable. Remember this fact.

Millions of black men, have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S., and it’s hitting black communities especially hard. If current trends continue, black men will be facing an epidemic of diabetes by the year 2050.

  • Approximately 2.7 million or 11.4% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes — but at least

one-third of them don’t know it.

The average African American born today has a 50% chance of developing type 2 diabetes in his or her lifetime.

  • Approximately 2.7 million or 11.4% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes — but at least one-third of them don’t know it.
  • The average African American born today has a 50% chance of developing type 2 diabetes in his or her lifetime.

Why does diabetes hit African-American men so hard, and what can they do about it? “First, there’s the obesity issue. Caucasians tend to have a different body image than African Americans.Most black people just don’t feel like they’re overweight when they are 30-60 pounds above their  ideal weight. Maybe that’s a cultural factor that’s working against black people. What do you think?

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