Black health

What are black health issues?

Find out about the conditions that are more common in African and African Caribbean people, how to reduce your risk and where you can get information and treatment.

Diabetes: reduce your risk of getting it

African Caribbean people have a higher chance of developing diabetes. Find out how to reduce your risk.

Brian Hunte

'How diabetes affects my daily life'

Brian Hunte, 67, explains how he manages his diabetes by eating healthily and taking insulin.

How to get vitamin D from sunlight

Find out how long you need to spend in the sun to get enough vitamin D.

Inheriting sickle cell anaemia disorder

Find out about sickle cell anaemia, how it is passed on, its symptoms and the types of treatments available.

Pamela Gyebi-Ababio

Sickle cell anaemia

Pamela, 18, talks about her life with sickle cell anaemia, including dealing with a sickle cell crisis.

Darcus Howe

Darcus Howe: 'My battle with prostate cancer'

Darcus Howe discusses how prostate cancer is an illness that affects many African-Caribbean men.

High blood pressure and stroke: reduce your risk

The risk of high blood pressure and stroke in the African Caribbean community, and how to cut your risk.

'How I learned to reduce my blood pressure'

One woman's experience of high blood pressure, and how she lowered it by cutting salt from her diet.

Skin-lightening risks

Many non-prescription skin-lightening creams contain illegal and damaging ingredients.

Mental health

African and African Caribbean people in the UK have a higher risk of mental illness than other communities. Find out where to get help.

Keloid scars and hypertrophic scars

Raised, shiny scars are known as keloid scars. Find out who gets them and how they're treated.

Black and south Asian kidney health

If you're black or south Asian, you have a higher risk of kidney disease. Find out whether you should be tested.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you


Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

NHS Health Check video library

A series of short films about the NHS Health Check

Food and diet

Find out how to achieve a healthy, nutritious diet to help you look and feel your best

Two friends

Living with diabetes

How to live healthily with diabetes, including advice on diet and lifestyle

Healthy hearts

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the UK. Find out what to do to keep your heart fit for purpose

'Malaria nearly killed me'

Mo mistakenly thought he was immune to malaria when he visited family in Sierra Leone