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Black Men

Black Men in America face a wide range of health challenges. These challenges can be attributed to a variety of factors, including genetics, socioeconomic status, and lack of access to healthcare. Below are some of the top 10 conditions affecting the health and wellness of Black Men.


Black Men have a higher prevalence of obesity than other groups and can lead to several health complications like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.


High blood pressure is a major health problem for African American Men. With the highest prevalence of hypertension in the U.S., it can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Type 2 Diabetes

Black Men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Diabetes can lead to several health complications, including nerve damage, kidney damage and blindness.

Prostate Cancer

This is the most common cancer among Black Men who are more likely to develop and have a higher mortality (death rate) than other men.


Black Men are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Poverty, lack of access to healthcare and stigma can contribute to high rates of AIDS amongst Black Men and in the Black community overall.


Stroke and heart disease, asthma, violent crime, substance use, are some of the other health disparities affecting Black Men. Increasing prevalence of Mental Illness, is least likely to go undiagnosed or treated. However, none of these conditions need a death warrant. With simple lifestyle changes, Black Men can reclaim power over their lives! Healthy eating, avoiding fried or processed foods, getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water can reduce the risk of many - if not all - of these conditions.

Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption can also radically improve overall health and wellbeing. Seeking support with a mental wellness professional to cope with the stresses of life - racism, crime or loss - can also equip Brothers with tools to navigate trauma with dignity, strength and hope. Buddy up with friends and family to meet mutual health goals. You deserve to live a healthy, rich, fulfilling life!

Meditate, make changes…Go for it!

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