The Minority Men’s Health Initiative (MMHI) is a consortium of historically black colleges and universities focused on addressing health issues facing minority men. This initiative is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NC A&T State University, in partnership with the Minority Men’s Health Initiative (MMHI), is developing research on diabetes and obesity in African American men. NC A&T’s departments of biology, sociology and social work, and psychology and its Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) are working together on research to identify biomarkers of diabetic kidney disease. The team also performs community outreach to raise awareness about diabetes among African American men.
Diabetes is on the rise in the U.S.
Join us in the fight to beat diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels in your body to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
It is the 7th leading cause of death.
According to the CDC, 29.1 million people have diabetes and 1 out of 4 do not know they have it. The risk of death is 50% higher for people with diabetes than those without it. Diabetes causes blindness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, amputations and death.
The good news is diabetes can be prevented and controlled with exercise, healthy eating, weight control and working with your doctor.
But you must act early.
African Americans and Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association:
- 13.2% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.
- African Americans are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites.
- African Americans are significantly more likely to suffer from blindness, kidney disease and amputations.