Ebony Barbers Health Corner

High Blood Pressure Risk Factors African-Americans

Being an African-American is one risk factor for developing high blood pressure. Others include:

  • Increased age
  • Excessive weight
  • A family history of high blood pressure
  • Having diabetes

The more risk factors you have, the more likely it is that you have high blood pressure or will develop it in the future. Take steps now to find out more. Even if you don't have high blood pressure, you can lower your risk by following the treatment guidelines for high blood pressure in African-Americans.

 

Prostate Cancer Screening for African-American Men


Regular screening is important for all men at the age when prostate cancer becomes more likely. But for black men, routine prostate cancer screening should start at an even younger age. The American Cancer Society recommends that African-American men discuss testing with their doctor at age 45, or at age 40 if they have several close relatives who have had prostate cancer before age 65.