It’s spooky season and there’s nothing more terrifying than hearing that your own demographic has an extreme health decline that won’t let up. We don’t mean to scare you –but this is serious business.
Black women are dying at an exponentially faster rate than any other counterparts.
There Is A Crisis In Black Women’s Health
Black women in the United States alone face a wide range of health disparities stemming from structural inequality and bias across a number of social determinants of health. From maternal mortality rates to chronic disease and mental health outcomes, the health of Black women is consistently worse than that of other populations and is in urgent need of greater attention and intervention.
One of the most visible and urgent disparities is in maternal health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Black Women are 3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women.” This disparity is often attributed to a range of factors, including poverty and access to care, but structural inequality is also a significant contributor.
Black Women Experience More Structural Racism in Health Care
It doesn’t stop there; black women are more likely to experience discrimination and racism in medical settings, leading to mistrust in medical professionals and a reluctance to seek care right away. This is compounded by the fact that black women are more likely to live in poverty, making it difficult to afford healthcare, transportation, and other basic necessities.
Chronic disease is another area in which black women experience significant disparities. The CDC reports that black women are 60% more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic white women and more likely to develop complications from the disease. Black women are also at increased risk for heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic conditions. Again, structural inequality plays a significant role in these disparities, as black women are more likely to live in neighborhoods with poor air quality, limited access to healthy food options, or live in complete food deserts and inadequate healthcare facilities. Life really is just different for us!
Black Women Face Disparities in Mental Health
Mental health is yet another area where black women face significant disparities. Black women are more likely to experience chronic stress and trauma stemming from both personal experiences and systemic oppression. This can lead to mental health issues like depression and anxiety, as well as increased risk for physical health problems like heart disease and stroke. But despite the prevalence of these issues and the clear need for mental health support, black women are less likely to receive adequate mental healthcare than other populations.
So, what can be done to address these disparities? It starts with acknowledging the impact of structural inequality and addressing the root causes of these health disparities. We must work daily to address poverty and improve access to healthcare, invest in education and employment opportunities, and address systemic racism and bias within medical settings.
BUT, we need to focus our attention on the RIGHT NOW things we CAN CONTROL. We can take back control by making better lifestyle choices every single day. We can choose to put ourselves first a little more than we did before. And we can, most importantly, be mindful of our health through establishing better relationships with the foods we consume and lifestyle choices we make. Most importantly, we can PREVENT. We can prevent with The DeTox Now’s Prevention Daily Kit.
The PREVENTION Daily Kit aids in combating chronic diseases and preventing complications, such as small bowel obstructions. By focusing on addressing Hormonal Imbalances, Chronic Inflammation, and Vitamin D Deficiencies through an anti-inflammatory protocol, the body is better equipped to fight against long-term health issues that concern black women’s health more than anything else:
- High Blood Pressure:
- African Americans have a 55% prevalence of high blood pressure, whereas White Americans have a rate of 27%.
- African Americans are diagnosed with diabetes 77% more often than White Americans, while Latinx individuals are diagnosed 66% more frequently.
- In the United States, 29.1 million people have diabetes, with 40-60% of Blacks and Latinos affected.
- Fibroids affect approximately 26 million women, with up to 90% of Black women experiencing them by age 50, compared to 70% of white women.
- Black people will have about 224,080 new cancer cases and 73,680 cancer-related deaths in 2022.
- Black people face the highest death rates and shortest survival rates among racial/ethnic groups in the United States for most cancers.
- Black women are 41% more likely to die from breast cancer than White women.
No one will tell you these disparities are influenced by imbalances and deficiencies in diets, as well as exposure to consumer goods such as beauty and cleaning products, and environmental toxins.To address these critical health issues, prevention strategies should be prioritized. You can target three preventable health concerns at their root cause… with our PREVENTION Daily Kit.
The health disparities facing black women in the United States result from structural inequality and bias across various social determinants of health. Addressing these disparities is an urgent priority, revolutionary manner like completely DeToxing our lifestyle is the surest way to address this State of Emergency. As a society, we must do more to ensure the health and well-being of all our people, especially those most marginalized by structural inequality. We must prevent.