Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Fitness & Exercise

Black men in single-parent households more likely to suffer from heart problems

See also

Dating and being intimate is one thing. Staying committed and together in a relationship is another. When kids are involved, the situation is a lot more complex.

More Photos

But according to a Reuters Health study, children's health may be suffering more from single-parent households, specifically 46 percent of black men who may end up with high blood pressure.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 U.S. adults -- with an estimated 68 million -- have high blood pressure.

Sixty-nine percent of people who have a first heart attack, 77 percent of people who have a first stroke, and 74 percent of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.

And African Americans are leading the pack in most likely to have high blood pressure, with CDC confirming 45.7 percent African American women and 43 percent men.

In a recent study by CDC, the number of unmarried births declined 2 percent to 1,607,773 in 2011, and the birth rate dropped 3 percent to 46 per 1,000 unmarried women ages 15 to 44. The bulk of single-parent homes are in the African American community.

The Reuters study focused on family life leading up to high blood pressure. Debbie Barrington led the study at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Economic hardship and stress are two factors in young, black men's increase in high blood pressure. But the truth still remains that one's health cannot force people to stay in a relationship.

And while paychecks can't miraculously increase during and after a breakup, the gallery above provides tips for healthy eating under $1 per serving. This can help not just children but adults fight against heart disease -- no matter what the latter's dating status is.

Recommended Links:

The Affordable Care Act and African Americans

Follow Shamontiel on Pinterest for all her latest Chicago nutrition and fitness entries, or subscribe to her Chicago Diet and Exercise channel at the top of this page.



  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!