Nick Cannon Suffers Kidney Failure

Nick Cannon smiling in a pinstripe suit(BlackDoctor.org) — Nick Cannon has been hospitalized in Aspen, CO for mild kidney failure during a recent trip, according to his wife Mariah Carey.

“This is a role-reversal. Last year it was me attached to the machines (after having dembabies) and Nick was there with me through it, and now here we are,” Carey says.

She asked fans to “please pray for Nick…because it’s a serious moment that’s very tough on all of us.”

Carey did not explain the source of Cannon’s condition, his medical background, or how long he is expected to be hospitalized.

Blacks & Kidney Disease: The Outlook Today…

 

Kidney disease results from damage to the nephrons, the tiny structures inside your kidneys that filter blood. Usually the damage occurs very gradually over years. It happens in both kidneys. There aren’t any obvious symptoms, so you generally don’t even know it’s happening.

• Approximately 20 million Americans have kidney disease.

• The number of
people diagnosed with kidney disease has doubled each decade for the
last two decades.

• African Americans make up 12 percent of the
population, but account for 30 percent of people with kidney failure.

• African American males ages 22 – 44 are 20 times more likely to
develop kidney failure due to high blood pressure than Caucasian males
in the same age group.

• Forty-five percent of African American men with kidney failure received late referrals to nephrologists. In some cases people were not aware they had a problem until they needed dialysis.

• The most common causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure.

• Diabetes and high blood pressure account for 70 percent of kidney failure in Blacks.

• Early kidney disease has no symptoms, and can become kidney failure with little or no warning if left undetected.

• If detected early, kidney disease can be effectively treated.

To find out how to keep your kidneys healthy, read: 6 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Kidneys.

For more information on kidney health, visit BlackDoctor.org’s Kidney Disease channel.

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12 Things You Don’t Know About Testosterone…But Should

African American Black Serious BusinessmanWhat exactly is testosterone anyway? When most people hear the word, they envision an aggressive-acting man lifting tons of weight at the gym and/or strutting around with a hard-to-miss swagger.

Yes, there is some truth to the above two situations: studies have shown there is a link between aggressive behavior and the need to appear “manly,” at least in competitive situations, such as with a peer or for a sexual partner.

However, there appears to be a subtler interplay between testosterone and behavior in other types of situations – in men, and surprisingly, women as well.

Here are some interesting facts about that “man-hormone.”

What exactly is testosterone?

Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. It supports normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice. In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate, as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased bone mass. In addition, testosterone is essential for health and well-being, as well as the prevention of osteoporosis.

Women (especially women in love) have testosterone, too.

On average, an adult human male body produces about ten times more testosterone than an adult human female body, but females are more sensitive to the hormone.

According to studies, women in love have higher testosterone for the few months after a relationship starts than women who are single or in long-term relationships.

The opposite is true for men; those newly in love have lower testosterone than men flying solo or with a long-term partner.

Testosterone may help blast that gut.

Men whose levels of testosterone are below normal may lose their spare tire when treated with testosterone.

“Most of the studies show there’s a reduction of abdominal obesity in men who are given testosterone,” says…