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How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally

The alarming statistics behind diabetes Did you know that more than 30 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s almost 10 percent of the U.S. population. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and African Americans are 50 to 100 percent more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes compared to Caucasians. In addition, black women are 2-4 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than white women. If type 2 diabetes isn’t managed correctly, it can lead to blindness, nerve damage, leg and foot amputations, and kidney failure. Aren’t these statistics alarming? [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj8szfjEkcY[/embed] Not many people are aware that type 2 diabetes can be preventable and reversed naturally. America is known for its reactive measures in combating...

Here’s How To #Popthequestion To Your Man #Likeaboss

Pop the Question to Your Man like a BOSS Before you get into a serious relationship, it's always important to sit down with your partner and have 'the talk' because 46 percent of blacks in the U.S. are living with HIV.  I know this conversation can be somewhat uncomfortable, but you should always think about your sexual health, first. Here is a video that can help lighten up the mood before approaching your partner with the conversation. Make it a Shared Experience. If you put yourself out there and word it in a way that's hows you're also willing to take the brave walk with them, "I think it would be smart if we both got tested for the sake of our health," then you stand a better chance...

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Results

Intermittent Fasting 101: How to Maximize Your Weight Loss Results

When most people think of “intermittent fasting,” they only think of starvation and tend to ignore the health benefits. Research studies reveal that reducing your daily calorie intake by 20 to 40 percent is an effective way to lose weight, improve cardiovascular, boost metabolism health, and prevent disease. However, most people find it difficult to eat less during the day, especially if their daily diet consists of eating five to six meals every two to three hours. Realistically, who would want to feel ‘hangry’? So before you adopt a new diet regimen, intermittent fasting, here’s what you need to know.   What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent Fasting (IF) involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating. This eating system typically focuses on when to eat, not necessarily what...

HIV Awareness

How Our Partnership with NLM Helps to Spread HIV Awareness

Black Girl Health partners with the National Library of Medicine to spread HIV awareness. As part of this partnership, we produced a video compiled of innovative HIV projects from organizations all over the country. The video production also includes the process we took to create and execute BGH's HIV social media campaign, "Pop The Question". [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6DkJ5yPSCA&list=PLCA76BACD15A0F1D0[/embed] Check it out and remember to pop the question and take control of your sexual health....

Breast Cancer Awareness

4 Breast Cancer Organizations Dedicated to Black Women

October is the month that women (and men) come together to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. From walks to brunches, workshops to gatherings, pink October has become one of the most widely recognized awareness months of the year. And for good reason. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation: 1 in 8 women in the U.S will be diagnosed with breast cancer Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer For black women in particular, though we are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, we are less likely to survive if diagnosed. With these statistics, it is essential for black women to be informed and educated about breast cancer. Here are four organizations that...

Monica Endometriosis

What Monica Wants You to Know About Endometriosis

A couple months ago singer-songwriter Monica opened up about a disorder she had been battling in silence. Endometriosis. This health disorder--which uniquely affects Black women--occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. This tissue can settle on places like the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and even the intestines. Common symptoms are cramp-like pelvic pain, irregular periods, and infertility. Treatment for endometriosis can vary, but for Monica, it was recommended for her to undergo an “almost 8 hour” long surgery to remove the uterine tissue, cysts, and fibroids that developed as a result of battling endometriosis. Since then, she has been committed to sharing her story in hopes to encourage other women who may be living with the condition, educate those who are unaware, and empower all...

Get Tested for HIV

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested for HIV

When it comes to HIV, the only way to be certain of your status is to get tested. And while getting tested can feel like an intimidating or downright scary experience, not getting tested isn’t an option. If you’ve never been tested for HIV or are still deciding here are 5 reason you should: It’s always better to know. Finding out that you have been infected with HIV is a scary prospect to think about. Especially when you’re uninformed and aren’t sure what a diagnosis like that means. Fear stops many people from taking the steps to get tested but the truth is, it’s always better to know whether you have been infected so that you can take the necessary course of action to...

Advocate for Uterine Fibroids

3 Ways to Be an Advocate for Uterine Fibroids

July is Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month. A condition that affects between 80-90%% of black women by the time they reach the age of 50! And while uterine fibroids is a condition that is so common in our community, it is one that isn’t talked about enough and one that many of us suffer in silence. This month, take control of the narrative surrounding uterine fibroids and become an advocate for yourself, your sisters, and your friends. 3 Ways to Be an Advocate for Fibroids Become Aware. So many of us have heard of uterine fibroids but we don’t know much about them. Uterine fibroids are treatable, non-cancerous growths that develop on or around the uterus. They can be painful or painless and are treatable. Simply...

National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Join us in bringing awareness to HIV/AIDS testing in Caribbean-American communities on June 8, 2017 for National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Held during Caribbean Heritage Month, this day is dedicated empowering Caribbean American communities in preventative health and beyond. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Caribbean region has the highest instances of HIV and AIDS infections outside of the Sub-Saharan Africa. And these statistics reach beyond the region to millions of Caribbean-Americans living in the United States. The National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was established to share information, resources, HIV education, and opportunities to the Caribbean-American community. On June 8, 2017, cities across the United States in partnership with the CDC will lead diverse initiatives and activities to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS along with...

HIV Testing

A Complete Guide to HIV Testing

HIV testing is the cornerstone of the conversation around HIV/Aids. We are huge advocates of getting tested regularly and immediately if you think you may have been exposed to the virus. Here's everything you need to know about HIV testing so you can stay prepared and informed. WHO should get tested for HIV? According to the CDC, it is recommended that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested in their lifetime. However, if you are a high risk for HIV infection, you should be getting tested annually. People who are high risk include those who have unprotected sex without knowing their partner's HIV status, sharing needles, having an STD, or having intercourse with someone who practices any of the mentioned risk behaviors. Pregnant women, and...