It is no secret that black men have a life expectancy that is 8 years less than white males. Our men are dying too soon from illnesses such as kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer and many more. One number that has been strongly related to each of these conditions is blood pressure. Blood pressure is the amount of pressure pushing against the walls of the vessels in the body. The ideal number is 120/80. When it rises above this number, vessels to the brain can become blocked leading to a stroke; the heart and kidneys must also work harder eventually leading to failure. An increase in blood pressure can be caused by stress, a poor diet, lack of exercise, lifestyle choices and genetics. No matter the cause, early detection and intervention can save your man’s life. Schedule his appointment today. Don’t lose him too early because you waited too late.