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Important Facts about Our Health

Important Facts about Our Health

African American and Hispanic women are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure…most of which is contributed to sedentary lives and poor diets.

  •  Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. One in four women dies of heart disease (for African American women, the risk of heart disease is greater).
  • High blood pressure, overweight and obesity, diabetes, and smoking increases risk of developing heart disease.
  • 80% of African American women and 78% of Hispanic women are overweight or obese.
  • 23.9 million children, ages 2 to 19, are overweight or obese (33.0% of boys and 30.4% of girls).
  • About 11 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes—and another 5.7 million do not
  • know they have it.
  • Black women develop high blood pressure earlier in life and have higher average blood pressures compared with white women (about 37% of black women have high blood pressure).
  • Nearly half of African American women have a total cholesterol that’s too high.
  • Fifty-five percent of African American women are physically inactive.
  • Modest changes in diet and level of physical activity can often prevent or delay the development of diabetes.
  • Women can lower their heart disease risk by as much as 82% just by leading a healthy lifestyle.

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