Dr. James Reed and The Black Man's Guide to Good Health

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African-Americans experience strokes at almost double the rate of whites because of higher incidences in risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity.

Dr. James W. Reed, one of America's leading African-American physicians, is again tackling health issues ailing black men in the latest edition of The Black Man's Guide to Good Health, co-written by Dr. Neil Shulman. Dr. Reed is a professor of medicine, associate chair of medicine for research and chief of endocrinology and internal medicine services for Morehouse School of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Reed is also president and founding member of the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks.

"There is a void in health literature when it comes to addressing problems unique to black men," said Dr. Reed. "With concerns for health literacy in the black community, we want this book to be a catalyst that enlightens and empowers black men, as well as the people who love them, to take control of their lives and their health."

Black men tend to have shorter life spans and higher incidences of major health ailments for reasons that include lack of affordable health services, poor health education, cultural barriers, poverty, racial discrimination and insufficient medical and social services catering to black men.The importance of the newest edition of The Black Man's Guide to Good Health is based on current statistics that prove black men suffer from health issues more than any other racial group in America. Dr. Reed addresses the disparity between black men's health and that of other ethnic groups using the latest information on heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, prostate problems, aging, depression, nutrition, fatherhood, AIDS, affordable healthcare and other such important topics.

Key statistics from the book include:

· African-American men live 7.1 years less than other racial groups.

· African-American men are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease as white men.

· African-Americans are 1.5 times as likely as whites to have high blood pressure.

· Although African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the total U.S. population, but they accounted for 49 percent of HIV/AIDS cases in 2007.

· African-American men are 2.4 times as likely to die from prostate cancer as compared to white men.

· African-American adults are twice as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes.

· African-American men are twice as likely as white men to have new cases of stomach cancer.

The Black Man's Guide to Good Health contains essential health advice for African-American men and their families. It is endorsed by influential African-American Grammy-Award Winning singer, songwriter and producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, who said, "The Black Man's Guide to Good Health is excellent and all men-from all walks of life-will live longer and healthier lives after reading it. I support it."

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