Racism's Hidden Toll: African Americans Getting Sick and Dying Younger by Morning Nyemah Sunday-hettleman
Immigrants come to America, they learn the language, learn skills, absorb the values of surrounding, community. Their members enter the criminal underworld, others, toil in the underground economy, but the biggest numbers are the ones in the middle , we call them middle class, they push, learn salable skills, educate themselves and their children, buy homes, gp to church and pay their taxes on time. They are in lockstep, becoming a part of Americans Melting Pot. Increased income, markets respond to you. Before there were large numbers of African Americans buying, using health insurance, there was little reason to do research on the effects of genetic, lifestyle choices, issues such as sickle cell, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity . Insurance companies and the federal government, who is the largest buyer of health insurance, needed to rein in health care cost. Research followed, quality of care improves, quaility of life improves and increasing life spans of African Amercans.
But high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity may represent poor life style choices. We can get better incomes, access to health care professionals, but poor life style choices ie salt intake, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol , stress, quality of air, poor food choices can take your out on a heart beat. When we will learn, that' it is up to you to take care of you.