AfroEconomics #56: Black Health Black Wealth


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According to the CDC, the death rate among African Americans decreased 25% from 1999-2015. We are taking better care of ourselves and living longer than we have in the past. Plus, after we reach 65, the death rate is showing even more improvement. The less-good news is overall, Black folk still have a shorter life expectancy, higher likelihood of suffering from diabetes, high-blood pressure, heart disease, and dementia. Those conditions tend to hit us at much earlier ages. What does the state of Black health have to do with Black wealth? In short, everything. As I wrote about in my book, AfroEconomics: Our Black Wealth Matters, health issues lead to greater health care costs. Black people have, on average, fewer financial resources to cover those costs. Poor health also decreases your earning potential. Health problems are stealing wealth from the individual AND from the larger Black community. Money spent on doctor visits and prescriptions is money not invested, money not invested into business, money not passed to the next generation. This podcast will help you build wealth and protect your health.

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