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NeNe Leakes' Husband, Gregg, Needs Our Prayers!

Love her or hate her your opinion doesn't matter to her husband. Gregg Leakes has been by NeNe's side and remained in her corner through thick and thin. Even though they've had some very public marital problems, they've always come out on top and that's what I admire about them the most.

Now, the time has come where Gregg needs NeNe more than ever. According to production insiders on the set of RHOA, Gregg Leakes is having some serious medical issues.

“Gregg had what his doctors believe was a stroke,” a production insider told Radar. “The RHOA cameras filmed the entire ordeal for the show — including his visit to the emergency room and the aftermath. Gregg’s health serves as a major storyline for Nene on season 10.”

Strokes are not uncommon in the African-American community for a number of reasons and risk factors. According to the National Stroke Association

The statistics are staggering—in fact, African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial groups within the American population. African-Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians and their rate of first strokes is almost double that of Caucasians.

Strokes in this population tend to occur earlier in life. And as survivors, African-Americans are more likely to become disabled and experience difficulties with daily living and activities.

Why are African-Americans at higher risk?

Not all of the reasons are clear why African-Americans have an increased risk of stroke. However, research points to the following risk factors as major reasons:

  • High blood pressure: The number one risk factor for stroke, and 1 in 3 African-Americans suffer from high blood pressure. They are also less likely to have it under control than their non-Hispanic Caucasian counterparts.

  • Diabetes: People with diabetes have a higher stroke risk.

  • Sickle cell anemia: The most common genetic disorder amongst African-Americans. If sickle-shaped cells block a blood vessel to the brain, a stroke can result.

  • Smoking: Risk for stroke doubles when you smoke. If you stop smoking today, your stroke risk will immediately begin to decrease.

  • Obesity: Adopting a lower-sodium (salt), lower-fat diet and becoming more physically active may help lower blood pressure and risk for stroke. They are also much less likely to engage in active physical activity.

Let's pray that Gregg fully recovers and is able to live out the rest of his life in good health.

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