April is National Minority Health Month: Are You at Risk for a Chronic Disease?
There seems to be inequality in healthcare, especially when it comes to racial and ethnic minorities, in the United States. Several medical conditions affect ethnic and racial populations disproportionately. Some of the most common causes of sickness, disability, and death are heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Visiting an experienced doctor in Hialeah, who’s familiar with these health issues, is a great first start to optimal health.
Health Disparities Are Real
Here are numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other health organizations, on health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minorities.
- African Americans are 40 percent more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure.
- The rate of diagnosed diabetes is 77% higher among non-Hispanic blacks, 66% higher among Hispanics.
- Life expectancy for non-Hispanic blacks is 75.1 years, compared to 78.9 years for non-Hispanic whites.
- The American Cancer Society found that African American men have the highest cancer death rate of any racial/ethnic group in the U.S., and African American women have significantly higher death rates from breast cancer.
- Another report found that Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the U.S.
- The health disparities impacting Latinos in the U.S. include alcohol liver disease, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and mental health.
Reasons Behind the Disparities
These disparities are blamed on a number of factors, such as limited access to quality care, differences in income and education, language and cultural barriers, stereotyping, a lack of health insurance, and a lack of affordable transportation options. Another reason is fear; some people are concerned about their immigration status. Obstacles in receiving preventative care and chronic disease management, which can lead to death, is also a major problem. These disparities typically lead to poor health outcomes.
How to Reduce Health Disparities
When it comes to reducing health disparities, both the patient and health organizations play crucial roles. Here are some suggestions:
Get Recommended Health Screenings – This is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Visit us so we can examine your health and risk factors for diseases. We also do health screenings, and we discuss a plan for you to reach optimal health.
Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle – The key to good health is to upgrade your lifestyle with more exercise – both cardio and weight training – along with adopting a healthy diet, perhaps one filled with more plant-based foods and less meat. If you’re overweight, make an effort to go down to your optimal weight.
Take Your Prescription Medicines – Some people don’t fill their prescriptions due to economic factors, or if they have them, don’t take them as directed. Prescription medicines, along with a healthy lifestyle will help you manage any health concerns.
The Health Care Providers’ Role – Businesses can do more community outreach to spread awareness. They can also train and hire more employees from underrepresented groups. Through its policies and advocacy work, the American Medical Association aims to up the number of minority physicians.
Visit Us Today for a Health Check
For health screenings and more, call us at (305) 823-2433 for an appointment or schedule an appointment online. And you don’t have to worry about transportation concerns to get here. We now offer transportation service to and from our office. We’re the best medical center in Hialeah, and we look forward to getting you on a healthy track. Call us, today. Here’s to great health!
April 10, 2019 1:26 pm
Categories: Family Health