CDC: African Americans Are Living Longer, But...
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans are living longer—the overall death rate has fallen 25 percent in the past 17 years. However, a new analysis shows younger African Americans—those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s—are living with or dying from chronic conditions that typically affect white Americans in older age.
Many chronic diseases that are not diagnosed promptly can lead to an increased risk for complications and poorer outcomes. The CDC reports that some health differences among races are due to socioeconomic factors—including the inability to seek medical care because of cost concerns.
According to the CDC, African Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 are 50 percent more likely than white people to have high blood pressure—hypertension. African Americans between 18 and 49 are twice as likely as white people to die from heart disease. Stroke risk and diabetes rates are also higher in African Americans.
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