Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Dementia more prevalent in black Americans

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

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Dementia more prevalent in black Americans

Date: 21 January 2005

Source: USA Today

Author: Janice Billingsley


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Surgeon sued for misdiagnosis
  • Surgeons poor success rate for kidney transplants being investigated
  • Surgery a viable option for elderly obese
  • Surgery delivers better weight loss than dieting
  • Surgery for prostate cancer benefits younger men
  • Surgery is Being Shown to be a Killer
  • Surgery may reduce asthma
  • Surgery to treat GERD is effective in only 40 percent of children
  • Surgical tools used during spinal operation were soaked in hydraulic fluid
  • Surgical treatment for asthma a posibility
  • Surgical treatment for asthma a possibility
  • Surviving with lung cancer

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise