The Minority/ Black Health Blog  

Monday, August 29, 2016

10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting Radiation Therapy

African American patient receiving radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It uses high-energy particles or waves, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, or protons, to destroy or damage cancer cells. But there are risks!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

3 Reasons Why Black People Are More Likely to Have Disabilities After Age 55

African American senior couple

A recent study showed that black people -- particularly black women -- are more likely than whites to experience disabilities as they grow older. It's a real bummer since Americans in general are living longer, but the study revealed that living longer can present more health disabilities among the black community.

Monday, August 22, 2016

How Trina Braxton Lost 64 Pounds -- She Says This Was The Key Factor!

Trina Braxton weight loss

Losing 64 pounds is no easy task -- even if you are a reality TV star. But Trina Braxton, American singer, actress and reality television personality, and younger sister of R&B singing icon Toni Braxton, did it the old-fashioned way. But she attributes one key factor as the most important role it played in her weight loss.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

5 Black Women That are Making the Biggest Impact on Health and Fitness

Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey

We all know the importance of staying fit, but where can we turn for good health advice? There are lots of people who claim to have good tips, but these 5 black women are by far having the biggest impact when it comes to health, fitness and happiness for others:

Monday, August 15, 2016

3 Reasons Why New Yorkers Live Longer Than Others

New Yorkers

If you live in New York, that's a good thing. Why? People in New York live longer, according to the New York City Department of Health.

Monday, August 8, 2016

When This Happens, Black Women Are at a Much Greater Risk for Heart Disease!

Black woman dealing with menopause

Black women have a greater risk for heart disease than white women. Some of the reasons for this are that more black women are obese, have high blood pressure and diabetes. One additional factor that has changed with recent research, however, is that heart disease among women is also greater before menopause, not after menopause, as was originally believed.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

If Only More African Americans Knew This About Cholesterol and Heart Disease!

Woman talking with doctor about her cholesterol

What is the number one killer of all Americans? Heart disease. But Blacks have a 30 percent greater chance of dying from heart disease than whites. Heart diseases can include anything from coronary heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, chest pain (also called “angina“), and rheumatic heart disease. Here's what you need to know in order to save your life.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Skip the Plastic Surgery -- 4 Ways to Exercise Your Face Muscles to Start Looking Younger

Black woman doing face exercises

Everyone wants to look younger, or at least age gracefully. But not everyone is willing to undergo surgery in order to look younger. If you are one of those people, read on, because there is something you can do to look younger without going under the knife. Forget face lifts -- face yoga is in!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

80% of Strokes Among African Americans Can Be Prevented By Doing This!

African American woman preventing a stroke

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (ruptures). African Americans are affected by strokes more than any other racial group, but there is one important thing they can do to prevent strokes.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What Every Black Woman Needs to Know About Having a Premature Baby

Black mother with her baby

When a baby is born too early -- before the average 38-40 weeks gestation period -- it puts them at risk for serious health problems and death. According to information from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC), black babies are 2.4 times more likely than white babies to be born prematurely.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How This Grammy-Winning Gospel Singer Got Over the "We Don't Talk About Mental Health" Syndrome

Tasha Cobbs

Tasha Cobbs is a talented and successful urban contemporary gospel musician. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Cobbs won the Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Although it sounds like she has everything under control, there was one thing that was controlling her life but she kept it a secret. Why?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Can Constipation Can Cause Heart Attacks?

Black woman at doctor's appointment

Constipation affects about 42 million people in the U.S.  African Americans, and women, are more likely to suffer from constipation that whites. In general, constipation does not constitute a serious health problem, but can it cause a heart attack?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

These 4 Mood Boosters Could Put Antidepressants Out of Business

Depressed Black man

Depression is a brain disorder that causes people to be persistently in a depressed mood and is often accompanied by a loss of interest in activities. It's not like just having a bad day; it causes significant impairment in daily activities. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola on his web site,, one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 struggles with depression. Recent studies have shown that certain nutritional supplements can actually increase the effectiveness of antidepressants used to treat depression.

Monday, July 11, 2016

2% of African American Children Have This Rare Disease


While 2 percent may not seem like a large amount, this rare gum disease affects about 70,000 African American children in the U.S. According to a study by Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, the disease can cause tooth disfiguring, tooth loss, and difficulty eating.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Problem With Black People's Hearts

African American woman being diagnosed

Health researchers recently discovered yet another health problem that has increased adverse outcomes for blacks, compared to whites with the same problem. This particular health problem focuses on black people's hearts.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Is That a Beauty Mark or Skin Cancer? A Common, Deadly Mistake That Many African Americans Make

Black woman with skin cancer

Yes, African Americans can develop skin cancer. Just because their skin is dark does not exclude them from melanoma and other types of skin cancer. In fact, there is one skin cancer that mostly affects African Americans, and it is dangerous.

Monday, June 27, 2016

At Age 45, Black People Are Four Times More Likely to Die From This!

African American stroke patient

When people think of strokes, they usually view it as something that occurs among older men and women. But, at just age 45, African Americans are four times more likely to die from a stroke than white people.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

All Vegetables Are Good For You, But These 6 Vegetables Are OMG!

African Americans shopping for vegetables

In order to live a healthy life, there are rules that need to be followed, like eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. The truth is, not all vegetables are the same, so if you're going to eat vegetables, you should eat these because they are...OMG!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Why Black Women Breast Cancer Survivors Die Earlier

Breast breast cancer survivor

According to The American Cancer Society, "Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women, but African-American women are more likely to die of this cancer." The big question is, Why?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dear Black Men: Smoking Causes Bedroom Problems and Makes Your You-Know-What Smaller!

Black couple upset about bedroom problems

There are many rumors and misconceptions floating around about the male member, but this one is true. Smoking makes the penis smaller, according to Dr. Draion Burch, also known as Dr. Drai. He is a board-certified obstetrician, gynecologist and nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant and media expert on reproductive health. He also wrote a book called “20 Things You May Not Know About The Penis.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Despite Exercise, Black Women Still Struggle With Weight Issues -- But Black Men Have This Advantage!

Black couple exercising

Anyone can be obese regardless of race, and we already know that some factors can increase the risks, like eating and exercise habits. Recent research, however, shows that genetics have been found to play an important role in obesity among black men. Some black men have a lower risk for obesity, but why?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

You Eat This Every Day (Maybe 2-3 Times) and It's Known to Trigger Cancer!

Black woman drinking coffee

It seems there is no end to products on the market today that can cause cancer. The big challenge is to identify them because many are marketed as being 'safe' or even 'natural.' But that is hardly the case with this product that you may be consuming several times a day. The product is....

Monday, June 6, 2016

Why Hospitals Are the Most Dangerous Places in the World

Woman in hospital bed

A hospital is supposed to be a place where you get medical attention that will make you feel better. But some people fear hospitals and consider them dangerous. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola on his web site,, a hospital stay is 10 times more likely to kill you than a car crash.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Woman Ends Up in Emergency Room After Trying New Lipstick

Lily Cleopatra Maurice with swollen lip

Lily Cleopatra Maurice wanted to look pretty for her husband's birthday, but what she got was anything but pretty! After applying a new CoverGirl Queen Collection lipstick, Maurice's lips began to swell, and swell, and swell until she ended up in the emergency room.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Diabetes, Although Sometimes Hereditary, Can Be Prevented -- 7 Ways to Avoid Getting It!

Man eating healthy to prevent diabetes

According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. This represents 9.3 percent of the population. Of the 29 million, 21.0 million are diagnosed, and 8.1 million are undiagnosed, which means they probably don't even know they have diabetes.
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