April Is Minority Health Month - and Disparities Continue to Negatively Affect African Americans
- African Americans are 1.6 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Latino Caucasians.
- African Americans have higher death rates for coronary heart disease (CHD), coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke.
- The prevalence of high blood pressure among African Americans is among the highest in the world.
- There is an estimate that 80% of Black women and 60% of Black men are overweight or obese (which contributes to heart disease, certain cancers, high blood pressure and diabetes, among other chronic health conditions).
- African-American women are three times more likely to have lupus than Caucasian women.
- African Americans are 38% less likely to get joint replacement to alleviate chronic joint pain than Caucasians.