Black Menâs Health Checkup

Black Men’s Health Checkup

When It Comes to Going to the Doctor, Men Go The Other Way. Ian Smith, M.D., Gives You 10 Critical Reasons to Man Up and Put Your Health First

by Ian Smith, M.D., October 11, 2013

Black Menâs Health Checkup

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African-Americans comprise about 40 percent of the homeless population. And we know that people who are homeless are at great risk of developing mental illness. Nearly half of all prisoners in the United States are African-American, and they’re also at higher risk of developing mental illness. Black Americans are largely undiagnosed with their mental illnesses for three major reasons. There is stigma attached to it, so African-American men do not seek diagnoses or treatment. Black men tend to be in the higher-risk groups for those who develop mental illness, such as the homeless and people in prison. And finally, African-American men tend to seek help in nontraditional places for issues related to mental health, and these nontraditional places tend not to be as effective at treating the disease.

10 Heart Disease
Despite what people hear about the incidence of prostate cancer, it is not the No. 1 killer of Black men. It’s heart disease. Some of the major risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, diabetes, lack of regular physical activity and poor nutritional habits. And for African-American men, did I say obesity? Hello?

Ian Smith, M.D., is author of Shred: The Revolutionary Diet. Find him on Twitter @doctoriansmith.


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