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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 10 leading causes of death in the African American community are:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Stroke
  4. Unintentional Injuries
  5. Diabetes
  6. Nephritis, Nephrotic syndrome, and Nephrosis
  7. Homicide
  8. Chronic lower respiratory disease
  9. HIV/AIDS
  10. Septicemia

The good news is that several of the above conditions can be prevented by regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet!

Death Rates – African American Community (1980 & 2007)

Cause of Death     1980     2007
Heart Disease    72,956    71,209
Cancer    45,037    64,049
Stroke    20,135    17,085
Diabetes      5,544    12,459
Nephritis, Nephrotic syndrome, and Nephrosis      3,416      8,392

Life Expectancy Rates at birth – African American vs. Whites

Sex                                                               1980      2007
African American Male 63.8 yrs    72.5 yrs
White Male 70.7 yrs    78.1 yrs
African American Female 64.5 yrs    73.6 yrs
White Female 72.7 yrs    79.4 yrs

Healthy Weight/Overweight/Obesity Rates – African Americans  (20 years and older)

Weight Classification                                  1976-1980    2005-2008
Male – Healthy Weight     46.6%        26.6%
Female – Healthy Weight     35.0%        19.3%
Male – Overweight     51.3%        71.8%
Female – Overweight     62.6%        79.1%
Male – Obese     16.5%        37.7%
Female – Obese     31.0%        51.8%

Obesity Rates – African American children and adolescents (2-19 yrs)

Sex/Age                                                      1988-1994    2005-2008
Male (2-5 yrs)      7.7%        13.8%
Female (2-5 yrs)      7.6%        14.2%
Male (6-11yrs)      6.8%        18.7%
Female (6-11 yrs)     11.2%        21.3%
Male (12-19 yrs)      6.1%        19.1%
Female (12-19 yrs)    10.7%        29.5%

Hypertension Rate – African Americans (20 years and older)

*Controlled / Uncontrolled                         1988-1994     2005-2008
Male / Controlled      37.5%         41.4%
Female / Controlled      38.3%         44.4%
Male / Uncontrolled      84.0%         70.6%
Female / Uncontrolled      71.1%         51.5%

*Hypertension and or taking anti-hypertensive medication

Statistics show that we need to take our health and fitness seriously.  Far too many American Americans die each year from preventable diseases.

The biggest weapon in fighting 50% of what kills us is simply diet and exercise.  We need to stop this trend!

Make the choice today to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.  30 minutes per day is all it takes to help decrease your chances of being diagnosed with one of the five diseases listed above.  That’s it, only 30 minutes out of a 24 hour day.

Choose today to live a healthier life for you, your family and friends!

 

 

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Health, united states, 2010: Black of african american population. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/black.htm#deaths

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). Black or african american population Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/populations/REMP/black.html#10

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