Healthy body, healthy mind...
What are some Black health issues?
If you're African or African Caribbean and you live in the UK, you're more likely than people from other cultures to have certain health conditions, including high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and prostate cancer.
This is also the case for some mixed-race people of African or African Caribbean descent.
Experts aren’t sure why these conditions are more common in people of African and African Caribbean origin, but they think it may be linked to diet, lifestyle and different ways of storing fat in the body.
There are several ways to reduce your risk of these conditions.
- high blood pressure
- prostate cancer
Find out more on the NHS website here
Mental Health: Did you know?
Black and ethnic minorities are more often:
1. diagnosed as schizophrenic
2. compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act
3. admitted as ‘offender patients'
4. held by police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act
5. transferred to locked wards from open wards
6. not referred for psychotherapy
7. given high doses of medication
8. sent to psychiatrists by courts
9. have unmet needs
Sickle cell disease is the most common hereditary hematologic disorder in the world.
It primarily affects Black Africans and Americans, as well as some persons of Mediterranean, East Indian or Latin American heritage.
- About 8% of the African-American population carries the sickle cell trait.
- Sickle cell disease affects about 1 in 400 African-Americans.
- In the USA there are some 50,000 African-Americans and Hispanics affected with sickle cell disorders.
SickleKan is a Community interest group which aims is to give people with sickle cell a voice within their community.
They provide a platform for sickle cell patients to promote awareness of the condition from their perspective.
SickleKan also offer essential advice and information to help people with sickle cell to understand the different forms of pain management; compare the impact of medication and explore treatment of the disease and how to deal with the side effects.
Anthony Nolan Trust
Being African Caribbean means many things. A love of life, food and music and a rich, deep history. Unfortunately, it also means, if you have blood cancer, you might die waiting for a transplant.
Because there currently aren’t enough African Caribbean people on the Anthony Nolan register, if you desperately need a transplant you have less than a 20% chance of finding the best match. That’s not right. But YOU can help change that.. Join the register here