Sounds familiar? If your answer is yes, you are probably African American or Hispanic.
According to updated clinical research it has been found that dementia is 14 to 100 percent higher in African Americans, than any other race in the United States.
It has been calculated that this race, 65 and older, will move from 2.7 million in 1995 to 6.9 million by 2030.
This has not gone unnoticed by the Alzheimer’s Association, that is investing 120 million dollars to find answers.
So far, Parkinson affects more of the white population. Documented studies show African Americans having a 65 percent hypertension rate, Hispanics, 56, and whites 51.
Dementia, and Alzheimer’s are both vascular, and African Americans have a higher rate of vascular diseases, followed by Hispanics: hypertension, and type 2 diabetes.
The Mayo Clinic has 15 diet suggestions to prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s, here are a few:
- Three servings of whole grains per day.
- Vegetables at least once per day.
- Poultry (not fried chicken) at least twice per week.
- Nuts five times per week
- FRIED or FAST FOOD LESS THAN ONCE PER WEEK.
- One glass of wine per day.
This message has to get out to the African American community, fast and “in a hurry”.
RENEE CHENAULT FATTAH, has taken on the task with her documentary, IN OUR RIGHT MIND. Here she is at the Baltimore Md. Premier.
The Deputy Director of Genetics and Extended Care at the VA in Maryland is Dr. Nana Yaw Adu-Sarkodie. He has some advice.