COVID-19 research shows more Blacks are dying than others in America, but it does NOT have to be that way! Health inequalities and lack of knowledge are the primary causes, with three culprits: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Medical research has proven one can reverse diabetes and high blood pressure for a better outcome once appropriate steps are taken. All of these health issues can be brought back into normal range with proper steps. There IS no magic pill. Once you change your diet, you may improve so much that your doctor will take you off of meds. It is as simple as a lifestyle change. I’m repeating the formula several times during this column: Change your eating habits by cutting down on high fats, high carbohydrates and sugar, exercising five days per week and staying under your doctor to keep tabs on your progress. It works!

How do I know? I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and I even had high cholesterol, as well. All three have been either reduced significantly or eliminated. Lifestyle change was my key to a healthy diet, along with daily exercise, and it can be for you, too. The devastating effects that come along with these health issues are totally unnecessary. The key, though, is to quit living with a lack of knowledge. Scripture reminds us, “My people perish for the lack of knowledge.”

When my mom died on Christmas Day in the year 2000, her entire family had a lack of knowledge until I studied this topic. Don’t let this happen to you or your family.

Finally, with COVID-19 now traveling across America and the world, notice how statistics are showing how more African Americans are dying faster. It is because of many reasons, ranging from the impact of slavery, soul food diets passed down for generations. Those once-enslaved workers, were on duty 18 hours a day, getting lots of exercise. Today, most are not exercising at all, and millions continue to enjoy those soul food meals. This has to stop!

Once you make these changes by beginning a new and healthy diet and adding exercise back to your life, everything will be all right!

The Boston Globe quoted Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass), who said, “In the district I represent, the African American community makes up 25 percent of the population, yet my community represents 40 percent of COVID-19 cases.”

A recent teleconference hosted by NYU School of Global Public Health on April 14 began with a discussion about how the coronavirus pandemic is more likely to affect people with preexisting conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension, which African-Americans are statistically more likely to have.

The conference’s panelists, Dr. Melody Goodman, Dr. Emanuel Peprah and Rep. Alma Adams, addressed how minority groups, especially the African American community, were especially affected by the current health crisis. They shared how COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the African-American community with proven statistics of the deaths in our community.

Many African Americans don’t have health insurance. Research shows that even those who do have sufficient finances are also dying, which brings us back to lifestyle change, diet and exercise. It is not about how much money we have, it is what we know and what we do not know — lack of knowledge.

Another testing source, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), found biological risk factors, including weight and fat around the abdomen, are primarily responsible for higher rates of diabetes for Black Americans compared with white Americans. The study suggests making positive changes in known risk factors, like losing excess weight, can help reduce the racial health disparity for developing diabetes.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website,, email or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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