Race can also be a major factor in determining a patient’s risk level with regard to the development of sarcoidosis. Those who have African heritage are more likely to suffer from sarcoidosis at some point in their life. That being said, there’s no need to call sarcoidosis a racist disease, unlike some other conditions that target those with African blood exclusively as people with Northern European descent are also at a higher risk for the disease.
It appears as though Asians and other ethnicities are safer when it comes to sarcoidosis, though the reason remains unclear but is possibly due to a genetic mutation. African-American sarcoidosis patients have a higher likelihood of the sarcoidosis spreading to other areas of their body in addition to the lungs and thus could be in greater danger when facing the disease in comparison to other ethnicities.