Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Nearly 15% of all blacks have diabetes, a rate that is about four times the national average
In addition, the rate of HIV/AIDS among blacks is nine times higher than for whites. Blacks account for about 13% of the U.S. population, yet 49% of the cases of HIV/AIDS. Also, black men are 30% more likely to die of heart disease than non-Hispanic white males and about 40% of blacks have high blood pressure. Finally, more than half of black women (53%) and more than a third of black men (36%) are obese. Overall in the United States, the rate among adults is 26%.