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As we debut this new section, our research team is currently working on in-depth series about one of the most dominant health conditions that has afflicted persons of African descent across the globe for along time. Known as Sickle Cell Blood Disorder (SCD), available statistics indicate that this often misunderstood disease affects over 100,000 Americans of African extraction. Our team is available to discuss with those familiar with anyone who may have information or stories to share about SCD in our various communities.
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As Black people in the U.S., we typically have lower levels of vitamin D than our white peers, as darker skin has natural sun protection and needs longer sun exposure to make the vitamin. But they are relatively less affected by lack of vitamin D, as measured by weak bones, falls, and fractures.
Your body uses it to absorb minerals like calcium and phosphorus. That makes your teeth and bones strong. Vitamin D supports your muscles, nerves, and immune system. You can get “D” from sunshine on your skin and from eating eggs, fatty fish, and fortified foods like milk and cereal.