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I'm african american am I more susceptible to becoming an addict?

I'm african american am I more susceptible to becoming an addict?

No: There may be some racial differences in vulnerabilities to certain addictions (for example-certain asians drink less secondary to enzyme deficiencies) but no race is more susceptible to addiction in general. ...Read more

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How many times should I eat/per day while im 150 pounds and 5'10 african american?

How many times should I eat/per day while im 150 pounds and 5'10 african american?

Congratulations: On maintaining a good weight for your height. You have a normal bmi and i would not recommend any changes since you seem to have been doing well "weight wise" on your current diet. Just make sure you get at least the minimum recommended amount of protein and calories per day for someone like you. Eat as often as you like, just try to keep it as balanced and healthy as possible. ...Read more

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How do I lighten my skin about 2 shades naturally I'm african American Ps.dont say stuff like love the skin your in that doesn't answer my question ?

How do I lighten my skin about 2 shades naturally 
I'm african American 
Ps.dont say stuff like love the skin your in that doesn't answer my question ?

You can't: Your genetics are set. You cannot lighten your skin. The color of your skin is set deep inside by the amount of melanin your genes have programmed your skin to produce. ...Read more

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WHAT CAN I DO OR PURCHASE TO GAIN WEIGHT?? I AM A 46 YR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN 5'3, 108 LBS...I CONSTANTLY EAT ALL THE TIME BUT NEVER SEEM TO GAIN WEIGHT..PLEASE HELP

WHAT CAN I DO OR PURCHASE TO GAIN WEIGHT?? I AM A 46 YR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN 5'3, 108 LBS...I CONSTANTLY EAT ALL THE TIME BUT NEVER SEEM TO GAIN WEIGHT..PLEASE HELP

Increase food&exerci: you are underweight or with bmi less than 18, the first question will be if you eat enough food more than you body uses. Assuming you do but still can not gain weight, consideration should be giving to hypercatabolic states like hyperthyroidism and chronic infections. Also malabsorption syndromes should be consider.Anecdotal evidence from my practice show a subset of people lose weight w stress. ...Read more

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Is eating pork bad for African American males?

Is eating pork bad for African American males?

I know of no studies: that suggests pork is bad for African American males. In genera, be sure that the pork is well-cooked. If you are over-weight please take appropriate action w/your doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Since I am african american do I need sunscreen ?

Since I am african american do I need sunscreen ?

Sunscreen African: Yes, african americans have a significant incidence of melanoma. It is recommended that african americans and africans also wear sunscreen when exposed to intense sunlight. ...Read more

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Is being an african-american a risk factor for rickets?

Is being an african-american a risk factor for rickets?

Yes: Dark skinned individuals need more sunlight exposure compared to light skinned ones. ...Read more

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How can I make my hair grow longer ( im african american)?

How can I make my hair grow longer ( im african american)?

LONGER HAIR: You can try taking biotin 5mg daily and check your vitamin d level. Take a multivitamin daily and if vitamin d is low, you may need to add some. Check with your doctor to find out how much you should take. ...Read more