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Dementia more prevalent in black Americans

America's black population has the highest incidence of Alzheimer's of any other American group. This is probably due to the fact that black Americans also have a greater incidence of type 2 diabetes and vascular diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Black face a 60% higher risk of type 2 diabetes than whites and 15% greater incidence of hypertension. The Alzheimer's Association claims that hypertension or high cholesterol double the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Studies show that black American's face a 14-100% greater risk of dementia and 44% of direct relatives of black Alzheimer's sufferers also face a risk of dementia. The other handicap that black dementia sufferers face is a general mistrust of doctors, lack of health care and economic reasons. This leads to later diagnosis and hence a poorer outcome.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by USA Today

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About: Dementia more prevalent in black Americans

Date: 21 January 2005

Source: USA Today

Author: Janice Billingsley

URL: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-01-21-blacks-alzheimers_x.htm

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