AFRICA WELLNESS

This is the section that provides answers to your various health and wellness issues, especially for people of African descent – holistic, diagnostic, curative, historical, and intervention. Our experts will assist with tips on how to improve your quality of life. 

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Countries that are members of the United Nations are obligated to report cases of unusual diseases that have the potential to become global health threats. In May 2022, more than a dozen countries in Europe, the Americas and other regions of the world that had never before had cases of monkeypox started to report cases occurring within their borders.

In response, the director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, convened a monkeypox emergency committee to track the evolving situation. At the committee’s first meeting on June 23, 2022, the members observed that the “multi-country outbreak” might be stabilizing as case counts had plateaued in several countries.

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Almost 1 In Every 4 Adult Male Deaths in the United States is Caused by Heart Disease and African American men account for 100,000 more Cardiovascular Disease Deaths than Caucasian Men.

How does heart disease affect men?

– Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 357,761 men in 2019—that is about 1 in every 4 male deaths.

– Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska.

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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.

You can reach them at scd@theafricantimes.com

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.

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