Although many conditions affect minority communities more heavily than other groups, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do about it. Read on to learn how you can reduce your chances of getting one of these conditions.
• Eating healthy
• Routine doctor visits
• Routine screenings
Prevention of Heart Disease
Physical activity is a great way to prevent heart disease and reduce stress. A diet that is low in sodium and saturated and trans fat is very good for the heart. Ask your doctor about the best lifestyle for you.
Heart Attack? Don’t Ignore the Signs!
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Jaw pain
Many heart issues “run in the family.” If you have a family history of heart disease, it is important to let your doctor know.
Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference in preventing cancer
- Don’t use tobacco
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active
- Protect yourself from the sun
- Get regular medical care
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Regular screening tests may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Lung cancer screening is recommended for some people who are at high risk. Click Here to learn more about screening options at Greenville Health System.
Minorities have an increased risk for hereditary cancer. Our genetic counseling program; offers options for genetic testing, screening, and medical management based on the individual and family histories; which will reduce the chance for developing certain types of cancer by personalizing screening and risk-reduction plans.
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• Moderate to intense physical activity reduces strokes by 35%
• Maintain a healthy weight and eat healthy foods
• Maintaining a good blood pressure prevents strokes
• Don’t smoke
• Limit alcohol or don’t drink at all
You can become a stroke hero just by knowing the stroke warning signs and being prepared to use them. F-A-S-T
• Face Drooping—One side of the face droops when the person is asked to smile.
• Arm Weakness—One arm drifts downward when the person is asked to raise both arms.
• Speech Difficulty—The person is slurring, hard to understand, unable to speak.
• Time to call 9-1-1—If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get him or her to the hospital immediately.
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Staying active and maintaining a healthy weight are ways to prevent type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Healthy food choices reduce the risk of obesity, which is a risk factor for diabetes. According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, one in six African-Americans has diabetes in South Carolina. It is important to provide children with a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes in our youth, too. Prevention is the key to reducing the risk of diabetes in families and communities.
To prevent diabetes, take a long-term approach. Fad diets and temporary fixes to lose weight are often challenging. Eating healthy and exercising is the best way to reducing the risk of getting type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
Tips for Eating Healthy
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast.
- Read the label to find out how many servings are in a package. There may be more than one!
- Put a serving of food in a bowl instead of eating out of the package or container.
- Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy products
- Other good choices include seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, seeds and nuts
Get active! Make exercise fun! Exercising partners are a great way to stay motivated!
Many of the risks associated with unintentional injuries are avoidable by making changes in personal behaviors. Others are due to disparities in the social, demographic, economic, and geographic environments of the neighborhoods in which people live and work.
• Supervise all children’s activities, especially those around water such as bathing or swimming.
• Install safety devices in your home, such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, handrails and fire extinguishers.
• Maintain heating equipment, and unplug extra heaters when sleeping.
• Develop and practice using a fire escape route and plan, and make sure each family member knows what to do in case of emergency.
• Set your water heater thermostat to 120°F (49°C) or below to prevent scald burns.
• Wear appropriate safety equipment at home, work or play.
• Always insist that all passengers are wearing seat belts and that children are restrained in car seats properly.
• Make sure children up to 12 years of age always are seated in the rear seat.
• Read and understand the labels on medicines and food products.
• Store medicines and potential poisons in a safe place, away from children.
• Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit at home, at work and in the car.
• Keep a list of emergency numbers in your home and business, and in a bag that you bring along on outings. This list should include the police, fire department, poison control center, local emergency service (if different than 911), local hospital and your child’s doctor.
Reasons Minority Women May Not Get a Mammogram
• Low income/worried about cost
• Can’t easily get to a mammography center
• Don’t have health insurance
• Don’t have a regular doctor
• No one has told them to get one
• Don’t know about breast cancer risks and screening methods
• Don’t have child care
• Can’t miss work
• Fear of bad news or pain from the procedure
• Cultural and language differences