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Does Race Play a Role in Your Health?

Richard Walker, MD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Richard Walker, MD
Walker RichardRichard W. Walker, Jr., MD, received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan.

He has served on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Center, and is the founder and medical director of HealthE & Well, PC, a Houston-based health center.

In addition to having his work published in peer-reviewed publications such as the American Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Texas Medicine along with Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, the author is also a highly sought-after speaker.

In African-American Healthy, Dr. Walker begins by looking at the black community's lifestyle, which has radically changed over the centuries; shifting people from hours spent under the sun to a life of minimal sunlight exposure that decreases the body's production of vitamin D.

Most important, the doctor explains how vitamin D3 can be integrated with important lifestyle components such as diet and exercise. He focuses on each major illness affecting the black community and explores what it is, what its symptoms are, and how the reader can avoid or treat the problem.
African Americans are more affected by high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and cancer than any other race. This population is three times more likely to die from asthma than white Americans. Did you also know that roughly 42 percent of African American men and more than 45 percent of African American women age 20 and older have high blood pressure?

What are the factors that separate African Americans from any other race on such a huge level?

Even though lifestyle factors can play a role in determining almost any health risk in any race, that is not just the case with African Americans. There is also a genetic and a nutritional component to the disparity.

However, changing lifestyle choices and replenishing and supplementing your body with food and nutrients can help reduce these health risks dramatically.

What are some other solutions to lower health risks within the African American population?

Richard W. Walker Jr., MD, joins Dr. Mike to raise awareness by discussing the major differences that are affecting African American health and the solutions to help decrease these health risks.

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