The Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes among African-American Women

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To the Editor Type 2 Diabetes prevalence among African-American women It has been an established fact that of all the minority groups, the African-Americans have or are predisposed to the most health risks. They are unfortunately combated by more disabilities, diseases and the phenomenon of early death than the other minority groups. This fact is exacerbated by the sheer lack of health care or the obtaining of the health care required later than is appropriate. This indicates that some health problems that could be handled if discovered in good time will go unnoticed at their initial stages only to be noticed at an advanced stage that suppressing it may be virtually impossible or a daunting task. One of the most notorious of these health conditions is type 2 Diabetes. This is one of the biggest health challenges that the African-American women face as it is statistically proven that among 55 years of age African-American women one in every four suffer from diabetes as indicated by (2010). This is the gap that is susceptible to the most serious ramifications of diabetes which are amputation of limbs and kidney failure. It is an open fact that these humanity demeaning health conditions are abetted by the poverty levels, lack of trust in medical systems, difficulty in accessing medical care, cultural differences as well as insufficiency of knowledge on the significance of regular screening. However, the African-American women can still take
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