For many hours each week, you spend your time running to nowhere - or so it seems.
As often as possible, you do your laps on a treadmill, run-run-running in place while the status of your health does the same: your blood pressure remains sky-high. You're still pre-diabetic. And your friends, surprisingly, are saying the same thing.
According to Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD, there's a reason for your health being the way it is. In his new book "African-American Healthy", he explains.
Having grown up in Spanish Harlem, Richard Walker remembers that health conditions like diabetes, cancer, and hypertension were "accepted by my community as part of the natural aging process."
You got old, you got sick, and that's the way it was.
Walker himself noted this health quirk but never thought much about it until he compared family histories with a friend who had Irish ancestors. Stunned to see everything so fully, he decided to investigate.
Throughout the years, he says, African Americans have consistently had higher rates of heart disease, stroke, cancer deaths, kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetes than have Caucasians. Part of the problem, he admits, is genetic; some of the problem is cultural; and the cost of health care can also be blamed.
The good news is that there are things you can do to get healthy, stay healthy, save money, and live longer.