October 21, 2014

POU Weekly Health Thread: Are We Taking Care Of Ourselves?

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dannie22 posted this comment in the Tuesday Afternoon Thread:

ATTN BLACK PEOPLE!! Imma need for everyone to get their health in check because what happened tonight should not have happened. One of my young black female co-workers told me she had been having pains and that her feet and hands were tingling. I asked her if she had any health issues I should know about. She replied no. I told her friend to have her boyfriend to come and take her to the ER. While she and i are dialoguing she becomes non-reponsive and starts breathing heavy. I scream, “call 911!!'” And do all I can to keep her alert, awake. It was then her friend, the other co-worker tells me she might have diabetes and asthma!! She’s only 22!

Imma need for all you folks out there who are reading this to go get a health check-up and if you are diagnosed with a disease, PLEASE TAKE YOUR MEDICATION!! And if a health care worker asks you if you have any health issues PLEASE TELL THE HEALTH CARE WORKER WHAT THEY ARE!!

Also, young black people…why do so many of you have diabetes? Two weeks ago, another young black 22 year old co-worker had to to ER from work because she has diabetes. Why arent we taking care of ourselves?

A few disturbing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control:

Health Disparities – Examples

  • African American women and men 45-74 years of age in 2006 had the largest death rates from heart disease and stroke compared with the same age women and men of other racial and ethnic populations.
  • From 2005-2008, people with the largest prevalence of hypertension were 65 years and older, African American adults, U.S.-born adults, adults with less than a college education, and those with public health insurance (64 years and younger), diabetes, obesity, or a disability compared with their counterparts.
  • Among many sex-age groups, the prevalence of obesity from 2005-2008 was lower among White Americans than among African Americans or Mexican Americans. Among females aged 20-39 years, the prevalence of obesity was largest among African Americans.
  • Infants of African American women in 2006 had death rates twice as large as infants of White American women.
  • Adolescent and adult African Americans ages 15-59 years in 2007 had the largest death rates from homicide, as compared with other racial and ethnic populations of the same ages.
  • HIV infection rate among African Americans in 2008 was the largest rate compared with those of other racial and ethnic populations.
  • Hispanic American and African American adults aged 18-64 years had substantially larger percentages of uninsured populations compared with Asian/Pacific Islander and White Americans.
  • Colorectal screening obtained in 2008 by African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indian/Alaska Natives was lower than screening obtained by White Americans.
  • During the 2009–10 influenza season, lower influenza vaccination coverage was observed among African American and Hispanic American adults than among White adults.
  • In 2009, high school completion among African American adults was the second lowest (second to completion among Hispanic adults and similar to the completion among American Indian/Alaska Native adults).
  • In 2009, the percentage of African American adults living in poverty was among the largest compared with other racial/ethnic populations (similar to percentages among American Indians/Alaska Natives and Hispanic Americans).
  • In 2009, African American adults more often lived in inadequate and unhealthy housing than White adults. The percentage of African American adults living in inadequate housing was similar to percentages among American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic adults. These populations had the largest percentages of adults living in inadequate housing.

Factors contributing to poor health outcomes among African Americans include discrimination, cultural barriers, and lack of access to health care.

How can we reclaim our health?

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  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — – -THANK U 4 THIS FOCUS. – -I sooo liked dannies’ post. :>) –Very -PRACTICAL! :>) —

    –THIS was POWERFUL: – ->Imma need for all you folks out there who are reading this to go geta health check-up and if you are diagnosed with a disease, PLEASE TAKE YOUR MEDICATION!! And if a health care worker asks you if you have any health issues PLEASE TELL THE HEALTH CARE WORKER WHAT THEY ARE!! – –

    – – – –WORD 2 the WISE. —->Give Me Five – A song about healthy eating! – –:>) – –GOES RIGHT with OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY’s♥ PROGRAM! :>) –

    THANK U –dannie22♥. – –Thank U Miranda♥ — – -B blessed♥ – -

    • dannie22

      Hey GLH!! Hope all is well!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY dannie22. — -***HUGS** :>) –GR8 post. :>) –

  • dannie22

    Two weeks ago another of my co-workers asked me to take his blood pressure. It was 200/100!!! He’s only 30! He went to the ER and got some treatment. I spend a lot of time giving assistance to co-workers obviously. Young folks need regular check-ups. Dont be afraid to go to the doctor.

  • Alma98

    I get my physicals, mammograms and pap smear every year my doctor also does blood work every six months.

  • MonieTalks

    Oh, you will find the biggest hypochondriac here! I keep a track of headaches, tummy aches and every thing else in my house. If I see an unusual pattern or something unexpected, to the doctor I go.

    But you are right, collectively we need to do better. Health is MOST precious. PERIOD.

  • Admiral_Komack

    How can we reclaim our health?

    -Take responsibility for your health.

    • Aquagranny911

      AMEN!!!

    • Ebogan63

      Thank you !!

    • Ebogan63

      Thank you !!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Admiral ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – – -**BIG fist bump*** :>) – – –SPEAK TRUTH! :>) —

      Good 2 C U. Admiral :>) **2 YOUR HEALTH*** :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Great diary & thank you, Dannie22! That must have scared the caca out of you but the woman was fortunate to have someone like you ready to step up for her. A bad asthma attack can not only be scary but sometimes lethal.

    I want to add my own warnings here. Not only take your meds but KNOW YOUR MEDS! Don’t rely on the Docs or even the pharmacist to tell you about drug interactions. Make sure you do your own research on what drugs even OTC stuff or foods does not agree with what you are taking.
    For examples: Nsaids like Advil etc can interfere with some BP meds. Grapefruit & it’s juice can also do that. Never take any kind of meds with juices or other beverage….always, always, always take only with WATER!

    If you miss a dose of your regular meds, never ever, ever double your next dose, EVER! This can be very dangerous.

    Lastly, whenever you visit a new Doc or go for urgent care, take your pill bottles with you & make sure they get recorded on your chart properly. If you have serious allergies, either wear a bracelet that says what or better, get a tattoo that tells it just in case you can’t.

    I share all this because what nearly killed my daughter two months ago & has given her a long road to recovery involved a serious medication error that depressed her breathing and put her in a coma. It was a horror for all of us that could have been prevented.

    KNOW YOUR OWN MEDS & TAKE THEM ONLY AS DIRECTED!!!

    • dannie22

      good advice aq!

  • Ebogan63

    To echo Dannie, Imma need for black folks to not only go to the doctor, but EXERCISE, stop eating crap, if you have a condition get treated, don’t stop taking medication, etc. Don’t end up w/ a stroke like me for not taking care of HBP!!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Ebogan63. — ***HUG** – – -BLESS U. :>) –