African-Americans are predisposed to diabetes. It can cause many complications such as heart disease and stroke.
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Dr. Gayenell Magwood: Diabetes is complex. We don't know every thing, sometimes here people say genetics or what have you but we do know that African Americans are pre-disposed. We know that African Americans first half there are more African Americans affected by diabetes. We know that the complications again heart disease, stroke, and amputations. There are kidney diseases, big one that, we have more complications in this area. So, the complications that are associated with diabetes affect African Americans disproportionately. When people are newly diagnosed that rarely I have heard them say you know hits the -- or they feel like oh no my life is over but it's not a death sentence. It is the serious disease but there are resources available. People are not alone and because many times they do feel isolated but we would tell them to know that even though it is serious that with self management, or we say controlling our diabetes being our blood pressure, our blood glucose and our blood cholesterol levels that many of the complications such as heart disease, which is the stroke, amputations or things cant be prevented.