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Lisinopril African Americans
Yes: Besides the usual recommendations by the jnc7 (joint national committee), and possible the upcoming jnc8 (jnc2013) that ace inhibitors are effect as monotherapy for hypertension (especially in the appropriate clinical settings) there are some studies that suggest that ace inhibitors, such as ramipril, are an effective agent for the treatment of hypertension in african americans. ...Read more
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Early puberty: I do not believe that the reason is known, although many researchers have studied this situation. ...Read more
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
Yes: The short answer is yes, but it is less common in the US. Head lice move around the scalp by gripping hair shafts. Most head lice in the US have claws that are better adapted to grip the round hair shaft in people with straight or wavy hair. Curly hair tends to have a more elliptical hair shaft. ...Read more
Why is sickle-cell more common in african americans where their ancestors live in areas that had or have malaria?
Malaria resistance: Malaria is especially a killer of children. Those who carry the sickle trait - one normal and one s hemoglobin - have some resistance to this disease and this has caused persistence of this trait. Of course having both s and s causes severe disease and having either are not helpful in non-malaria regions. But it mutated in central africa and persists there in proportion to the malaria. ...Read more
My anus is the color gray. The perianal area is a mixture of brown, pink, and gray. Is this normal for African Americans? "
Well: This often and usually is normal. It would be of concern if there are changes in the color or discomfort of the area. Recommend Healthtap visit for specific diagnosis and advice ...Read more
How to prevent sun poisioning on african americans? And what kind sunscreen lotions can be used on very sensitive skin?
Depends: I recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen offering protection against both uva and uvb rays. Usually, at least three active ingredients are called for. These generally include paba derivatives, salicylates, and/or cinnamates for uvb absorption; benzophenones for shorter-wavelength uva protection; and avobenzone, ecamsule, and titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for the remaining uva spectrum. ...Read more
Why do african- americans come in so many shades of colors from high yellow - dark brown genetically. (Not skin-bleaching and vitiligo-Naturally)?
Chemical peel: There may be areas which are darker than the rest of the face caused by hormones or acne. Retinoids such as retin a (tretinoin) and differin can slowly peel the skin and lighten the area. There is also a safe chemical peel the vi peel which can be use in all skin colors to even out the skin. It may need to be repeated in 3-12 months as necessary to maintain the effect. ...Read more
Yes: I have used ViPeel extensively on dark skin and it is effective and safe. ...Read more
Raynauds or a vascular problem
see your doc. ...Read more
Straighteners: You can try to straighten and moisturizer the hair bust remember the hair is brittle and very Curley so it easily breaks off to try to prevent this use oils and conditioners prior to straightening. The hair saloons have excellent products and can also do the straightening for you safely protecting the hair ...Read more
Effective, yes. But: Laser resurfacing can cause lightening and a mottled colored pattern creating light and dark areas and not a smooth colored pattern. This especially true in dark skinned people. Be careful. ...Read more
No: Tanning beds are artificial intense uv light. Most tanning beds today are uva type, that allows tanning, but also greatly accelerates aging, wrinkles, sun spots and abnormal pigmentation. Darker skinned people who use tanning beds are not getting any benefits (maybe some extra vitamin d) but instead are accelerating aging and wrinkles and maybe even increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. ...Read more
Seek a professional: I would recommend only professional grade relaxers. Mizani, affirm or optimum. The key is not to apply directly to the scalp and apply an appropriate base to protect the scalp. I do not recommend "kiddie" perms as the relaxing agent in those do more damage. ...Read more
Hormones: Could be thyroid or infection if localized, or early menopausal issues. ...Read more
Can you please describe the average measurements for a african american 17-year old girl who is 5'2"?
This range: 125-140: Represents healthy body mass index of 23-25. Larger frame person would support more weight. A person who does light exercise & consumes 1900 cal/day maintains this weight. If desire wt gain then more calories are necessary. If desire wt loss then more physical activity, healthy nutrition, & good restful sleep are very important. 1500 cal/day would result in loss of 1 lb per week (slow & steady). ...Read more
I'm African American. Please explain what these results should mean to me. BUN 19, Creatinine 1.28, GFR 46.
I'm african american and enjoy outdoors. However my hair almost always fizzes. What can I do to prevent this?
Hat: Wear hat or use hair care product designed for your problem. ...Read more