How does being part of a minority group impact my health?
April is National Minority Health Month. During this month, NIAMS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal partners are raising public awareness about the various health disparities that affect specific cultural and ethnic groups more than others. For example, some diseases such as lupus and osteoporosis are more common among certain racial or ethnic groups. Access to reliable health information can help you learn about and manage these conditions.
What does my heritage have to do with my health?
Being more aware of the health and health care disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities can improve your ability to identify and seek treatment for diseases and conditions for which you are more at risk.
You may have an increased risk for certain health conditions, but you can take steps toward improving your health and minimizing those risks. You can:
Focus on eating a healthful diet and maintaining a healthy weight.
Visit your health care provider at least once a year.
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HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offer resources for minority audiences. Visit their websites to learn more.