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Friday, November 11, 2016

African American Men Are 70% More Likely to Get This Disease!

African American chronic liver disease patient

This disease not only afflicts African-American men far greater than white men, but it was also the 8th leading cause of death among black men in 2013. Even black women are 1.4 times more likely to die from this disease than white women. It's called chronic liver disease.
The usual causes

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, chronic liver disease is a leading cause of death among blacks, especially among black men. The organization believes that many cases are caused by conditions such as chronic alcoholism, obesity and exposure to Hepatitis B and C viruses.

African American men have a 70 percent increased likelihood of having liver and IBD cancer than non-Hispanic white men. IBD stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which increases the chance of getting colon cancer.

Staggering facts

Between 2008 - 2012, liver and IBD cancer death rates per 100,000 were 12.5 among black men, compared to 7.6 among white men. During the same time period. liver and IBD cancer death rates among black women were 4.3, compared to 3.1 among white women.

Chronic liver diseases are any disease of the liver that lasts 6 months or more. The most common is Cirrhosis, a long-term (chronic) liver disease in which the damage to the liver builds up over time and can eventually stop the liver from functioning. The main causes of chronic liver diseases are hepatitis and other viruses, alcohol abuse, and fatty liver diseases causes by obesity, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and high blood pressure.

Read more about this disease from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health at http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=17
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