African Americans and Medical Diseases: An American Health Care Crisis That Is Crying For Help and Actions
by Valiere Alcena; M.D.; M.A.C.P.
The state of African American health is grim and getting grimmer every day. Many African Americans are beset with illiteracy, high rate of unemployment, poverty and hunger. These problems create a situation that causes many African Americans young and old to live in some of the poorest communities in the U.S.
Life in the Black Ghetto of America is a cruel and brutal life, which exposes people living there to a daily life and death set of circumstances that risks their lives from moment to moment.
Intertwined in this life of poverty and daily struggle to survive is a high rate of medical problems that African Americans are afflicted with that go both undiagnosed and untreated most of the time.
Among the medical diseases that many African Americans suffer from are:
|Hypertension||Sexually Transmitted diseases (STD)|
|Coronary heart disease||Drug addiction|
|Congestive heart failure||Alcoholism|
|High cholesterol||Cirrhosis of the liver|
|End stage kidney failure||Sickle cell disease|
|Low vitamin D||Rheumatoid arthritis|
|Low vitamin B12||Osteoporosis|
|Emphysema||Fetal alcohol syndrome|
|Asthma||High postpartum maternal deaths|
|AIDS||High infant deaths|
Making the situation worse is the fact that many poor African Americans have no health insurance. In addition, many of those who have health insurance dont go to physicians for medical care and when they do go, they usually present with medical conditions that are too far advanced to be cured.
(2013, paperback, 556 pages)