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Dr. MICHAEL LENOIR
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African American Health (Overview)

African-American health relates to the health care of African-Americans, as well as to health issues specific to African-American populations.


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I am african american, I am not on health insurance to see a dermatologist. What are good home remedies to clear up acne and dark spots?

I am african american, I am not on health insurance to see a dermatologist. What are good home remedies to clear up acne and dark spots?

General physician: Any licensed physician can mange all but the most severe cases of acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, adding topical Clindamycin or a short course of a systemic antibiotic may be sufficient. ...Read more

Dr. MICHAEL LENOIR
4 Doctors shared insights

African American Health (Overview)

African-American health relates to the health care of African-Americans, as well as to health issues specific to African-American populations.


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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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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
Daily
Dry well between your toes after you bathe
Once
Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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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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What could cause varying complexion in an african american man?

What could cause varying complexion in an african american man?

Varying complexion: Vitiligo is one of the most substantial causes of varying complexion in an african american.

There are skin fungal infections (tinea) that can also cause more soft variations and these can be treated with antifungal medications. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
Daily
Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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I'm 31 years old and african american. Can I still get glaucoma?

I'm 31 years old and african american. Can I still get glaucoma?

Yes: Many studies have examined this. Risk factors are elevated intraocular pressure, thin corneas, suspicious appearing optic nerves and positive family history. People of african descent may be more likely than others to develop glaucoma. The older you are, the greater the risk. The best way to determine your risk is to have a complete eye examination. ...Read more

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

Yes: In the United States, people of african american decent are at greater risk for problem drinking than the general population. This risk is greatly influenced by your personal situation, however. If you choose to use alcohol responsibly and socialize with others who do the same, you can certainly overcome any excess risk that is just based on ethnicity. ...Read more

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I am an african american male with dull looking skin. What can I do?

I am an african american male with dull looking skin. What can I do?

See derm: See african american dermatologist for help with this. You might try aveeno (oatmeal) positively radiant. ...Read more

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Is it normal for african american woman to have a brownish discharge?

Is it normal for african american woman to have a brownish discharge?

Talk with your doc: About your brownish discharge [from where? ]. Time to figure out what's causing it and what you need to do. Be well. ...Read more

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
Once
Shower daily
daily
Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
Once
Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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I am a 5' 5" 61 year african-american female. What should my ideal weight be?

I am a 5' 5" 61 year african-american female. What should my ideal weight be?

Ideal body weight: A calculated ideal body weight for a female age 61, who is 5'5" is approximately 126 pounds. A range of normal weight for you is between 112 and150 pounds. Thanks for your question! For more information, click on this link: http://www. Healthcentral. Com/diet-exercise/ideal-body-weight-3146-143.Html. ...Read more

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Which is the normal range of gamma GT for an african american woman? (ui/l).Thanks

Which is the normal range of gamma GT for an african american woman? (ui/l).Thanks

Hard to say: Until age 60, GGT tends to increase as the years go by, faster in men than in women. At any age and for any level of drinking, it's about twice as high in african-americans. This makes for unfair situations as GGT is often used as a screen to see if someone is secretly abusing alcohol. If my GGT were above 100 regardless of who I was, I would wonder; however, it's a poor screen for disease. ...Read more

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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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Could you tell me what are some diets that are good for a 16yr old african american female?

Could you tell me what are some diets that are good for a 16yr old african american female?

Healthy eating: 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. 3-5 ounces of lean meat, chicken or fish as protein, or eggs, or 1 cup of milk. Complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains, should make up 1/4 of your plate servings. 1/2 your plate should be fresh fruits and or vegetables. And 1/4 of your plate should be protein. Beans and legumes are also healthy carbohydrates. Avoid too much fat, fried foods. ...Read more

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I'm 5' african american what's a healthy weight for me and im 40, and will it be hard for me to lose weight?

Grain of salt: The ideal weight is based on a bmi of 25 or less. For you to have a bmi of <25 yor weight should be less than 127 pounds. Don't get too hard in yourself, it matters of where you are now and where you are going. At age 40 you aren't too far off from possible menopause so you have to be careful with not becoming too skinny. Aim for ~140 pounds as a nice compromise. Consider a nutritionist and a gym. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
once
Do not dig into the corners when you cut your nails
once
Avoid harsh chemicals
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Brother is african american. P s a 9.2, was 8.5 3 months ago. Negative biopsy for p s a 6. Should biopsy be repeated?

Brother is african american. P s a 9.2, was 8.5 3 months ago. Negative biopsy for p s a 6. Should biopsy be repeated?

High PSA: Due to the increase in a short period of time I would recommend f/u with the Urologist first to see if biopsy would be appropriate. Also PSA can be increased by a few things: like Recent sexual activity (a few days prior to blood work); Recent Upper Respiratory infection/Cold; Recent Prostate infection as well. ...Read more

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Improving Mental Health (Checklist)

Do some form of vigorous exercise everyday
Once
Maintain perfect sleep hygiene
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Accomplish a task daily, no matter how small
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Have contact with a friend daily, even if by text or email
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My African American client presents with whitish discoloration at the oral commissure that comes and goes. She's in her late 50. What is it?

My African American client presents with whitish discoloration at the oral commissure that comes and goes. She's in her late 50. What is it?

Possible...: ...cold sore (s), angular cheilitis, sebaceous cyst, complication of injection therapy are possibilities that come to mind. Any of these fit the clinical scenario in you client? ...Read more

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Can high hb values indicate a problem? My foster daughter had 14.7 at 18 months and 14.1 at 2 yrs. She is african american. Prenatal exposures.

Can high hb values indicate a problem? My foster daughter had 14.7 at 18 months and 14.1 at 2 yrs. She is african american. Prenatal exposures.

Probably not: Her hemoglobin level was above upper limit at 18 months, however same level dropped to upper normal limit at age 2. If she remains healthy otherwise, no extra attention seems necessary. ...Read more

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How do I lighten my skin about 2 shades naturally I'm african American Ps. Don't 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. Don't 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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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