From Frugivore — When comedian Patrice O’Neal participated in Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen, he and other comics poked fun at his diabetes. After O’Neal suffered a stroke just a few short weeks later, folks were reminded that the disease is no laughing matter.

Stroke is but one of the terrible health risks that diabetes sufferers face, and African-Americans are disproportionately affected by the disease. Nearly fifteen percent of all African Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes, with 25 percent of those between the ages of 65 and 74 having what we have come to know as “sugar.”


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