BLACK HEALTH ISSUES
If you’re a member of the black community and you live in the UK or even any where else in the world, you’re more likely than people from other cultures to have certain health conditions, including high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and prostate cancer.
People from our communities are more likely than others to be admitted to hospital for mental illness. The same is also true for people of white and black mixed ethnicity.
Most of us have problems at some time in our lives, such as money worries, stress at work or the death of a loved one, which can affect our mental health.
But our people can face additional problems that may affect their mental health.
Sickle cell disease (SCD), sometimes called sickle cell, reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen around the body.
It developed thousands of years ago in countries where malaria was common, and today it mainly affects people of African and African Caribbean origin.
SCD can also affect people from Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian communities. The most common type of SCD is sickle cell anaemia.