AboutHEALTH: Navigate Healthcare

"Children have 2 times the rate of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for asthma as adults."

Have you ever wondered where the future of asthma control is headed? Whether your kids may end up suffering from Asthma just like you? These are the types of burning questions that speak to how much bigger Asthma has become in many populations. It is simply a problem that everyone should be worried about.


Asthma has increasingly been part of core disparities among people regardless of "age, race, ethnicity, gender, class, income, or personal history." In order to start to overcome the challenges many face,  people have got to take a stand. A stand not only for themselves but for the future generations that may find it to be more challenging to manage  Asthma.


You can join your doctor in making the efforts to produce quality care for treating Asthma. Start with the following : Express your concerns to your doctor, stay physically active, and be involved in discussing treatment goals for your Asthma. Find more!


Source: NIH.gov

Is Your Dinner Table Too Crowded for Asthma?

Author: Victoria Quarshie

In a world of competing issues, how do we make our health matter? Nowadays, this country has particularity zoomed in on issues surrounding race. With the Black Lives Matter movement circulating from social media to the discussions of our dinner tables, it is safe to say that this country has hit a pivotal point of discussing the issues of this country. With race relations now a hot topic, how do we deal with these issues as they relate to our health?

“African-Americans are three times more likely to die of asthma than white Americans.”

When it comes to addressing how health has impacted people, let alone people of color, Asthma is not a new topic of discussion. However, it has demanded more interest because of the rising number of cases in populations such as African Americans.

Just as Asthma has accounted for young African American lives, it has begun to take those of older generations, especially men. Over the past decade, African American men have faced high risks of getting Asthma. Men in fields such as construction especially have been at greater risk of getting Asthma. In general, resources to help people who are at risk have become more accessible, however, we as a whole may need to ask ourselves the difficult questions about why Asthma is accounting for many deaths of African American men each year.

What are the factors that pose as risks for Asthma? It has been reported that the following may have more to do with this issue than we think:

Genes
The environment
Socioeconomic status
Racism

Health professionals have found that genes contribute the most to the likelihood of African Americans facing the risk of getting Asthma. The environment in which most people of African American descent live and their socioeconomic statuses have also been proven to play a role in the rising cases of Asthma. Although some people may find it hard to believe, racism has also now been a contributing factor in these cases.

We can consider these factors independent of one another, however, we cannot talk about the environments and socioeconomic statuses of people of color without talking race. Closing the gap on how much more African Americans face health risks for Asthma needs to be made a point of discussion. These discussions regarding race today cannot forget to include the issues of health. We cannot afford to turn our backs on the rising risks of Asthma that African American men face. Let us invite this difficult discussion to our dinner tables.

Source: WebMD Feature