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With this ebola issue, is it true that the medications do not really help african or black people?
Congenital: Many cultures have an increased risk of various diseases due to marriage within the family. The more such sharing of the gene pool occurs with closely related people the more of a chance that the gene expression will become dominant. This is also true in some religions such as Judaism. ...Read more
Why is it that people of african american, italian, hispanic, or indian backgrounds. Tend to have darker nipples, or darker in the private region?
Genetic variability: Those areas are darker not only in people of the above origin, but in caucasians as well, although, may not be as noticeable. Those areas tend to be "loaded" with melanocytes - cells that carry melanine, the dark pigment that determines a person's complexity. Some people have genetically more melanine than others. ...Read more
Im an african woman , who frequently gets braids . I've noticed that when i take the braids out , a chunck of my new growth comes out with it . Help.
Hair: I would try to avoid braids.Get a more detailed answer ›
As for everyone else: Hypertension tends to be more severe in people of african-american ancestry; the kidneys tend to retain salt better than other folks which was a plus under the deplorable conditions of slavery. This produces a somewhat greater risk to the kidneys. Diabetes, emphysema and coronary artery atherosclerosis are very common as well. ...Read more
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