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How can my race affect my health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in 2013 investigating the racial inequalities that exist in our nation’s health. Here are few of the shocking things it found.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., but if you’re black, you’re 50% more likely to die from heart disease before 75 than a similar person who’s white.
  • If you’re black or Hispanic, you’re far more likely than someone who’s Asian or white to have diabetes, to be overweight or obese and to have high blood pressure.
  • If you’re black, your child is twice as likely to die as an infant than if you’re white.
  • Life expectancy for blacks lags about four years behind the life expectancy for whites.
  • Minorities are much more likely than whites to describe their health as either “fair” or “poor,” the two lowest ratings on the scale used to rate health.
These inequalities are called health disparities. They’re differences in the health of populations that are more often based on social issues than medical issues.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.

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