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If You’re A Black Woman, Here’s What You Need To Know About Diabetes

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Whether it be our grandmother or girlfriend from school, we all know a woman who has been affected by diabetes. Even media personalities like Vanessa Williams, Sherri Shepherd, and Gabourey Sidibe suffer from this illness. It is a medical issue that impacts the lives of those around us as well as the high-profile women we look up to, and that’s because for black women, the risk of developing the disease is greater. Lifestyle publication for black women MadameNoire reports, “In 2012 there were 246 million people living with a form of diabetes, and within seven short years from now the number is estimated to be at 380 million. Within this extensive number of those with the disease, African Americans make up a large portion of that population.”

MadameNoire further breaks down what you need to know about diabetes as a woman of color:

Sweat Sisters, for more resources about diabetes and prevention visit diabetes.org.

SWEATLEBRITY REPORTER | Olivia Hancock is is currently a junior at Georgia State University. The 19-year-old has loved writing ever since she can remember and her passion for it has allowed her to hold the title of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT Teen Reporter for five consecutive terms. In addition, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with Her Campus, Aeropostale and Nordstrom as an ambassador. Her writing has been published on xoNecole, 21 Ninety, Her Campus, One MusicFest, and The Life Currency. In the future, Olivia plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and pursue a professional career as a writer at a lifestyle publication.