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Diabetes and the African-American Community

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CEO Rodney Goodie established St. Hope Foundation to deliver high-quality and efficient medical and dental care to underserved people in and around Houston, Texas. Rodney Goodie and St. Hope Foundation’s network of area clinics provide committed, patient-centered care to people dealing with a variety of conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as gestational diabetes.

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Diabetes and the African-American Community

  1. 1. Diabetes and the African- American Community Rodney Goodie
  2. 2. Introduction  CEO Rodney Goodie established St. Hope Foundation to deliver high-quality and efficient medical and dental care to underserved people in and around Houston, Texas. Rodney Goodie and St. Hope Foundation’s network of area clinics provide committed, patient-centered care to people dealing with a variety of conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as gestational diabetes. Diabetes has long been of particular concern to the African-American community. About 5 million of the nearly 26 million Americans living with the disease are African-American adults over age 20. In fact, 13 percent of African-Americans are estimated to have diabetes, compared to 7 percent of non- Hispanic whites. Contributing factors that increase African-Americans’ risk include genetic make-up, less frequent consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits, and the prevalence of obesity in the community.
  3. 3. Diabetes  Unfortunately, the complications of diabetes affect African-Americans more than they do whites, due in part to unequal access to health insurance and healthcare services. African-American patients are far more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy, one of the leading causes of blindness. For African-American men in particular, other complications include kidney failure, heart disease, and limb amputation. But type 2 insulin-resistant diabetes can effectively be prevented and treated. Lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and transitioning to a healthier diet, in combination with a doctor’s care, can help reverse the effects of the disease in many cases.

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