I scored a 6 out of 10 on the health equity quiz and an interesting fact that caught my attention was how many people live in such a small area such as individuals in Los Angeles. These are the types of areas that will most likely not see any improvement regardless of how well the surrounding cities are doing due to the dense population and limited access of resources. In a situation such as these, it is important to have enough space so that resources may be made more accessible, lowering the disadvantages of living in such areas.
The video “Bad Sugar” was interesting to see how negatively affected some local areas can be, even when the other areas can make such great advances. However, this does make sense when local area’s resources are taken away and used to better the more advanced areas of a city. The prevalent difficulty with Type II diabetes in this local area seems to stem from a few different factors that, for the most part, are out of the locals control. Their diet and lack of resources greatly hinders these peoples health, which induces stress and other psychological factors only exacerbating the effects of diabetes. Although it seems the Pima are finally offered a sense of self empowerment through access of fresh water, they are still at a disadvantage to the city that created these problems in the first place. The genetic aspect in this case, seems like a smaller factor of the prevalent problems with Type II diabetes, as most of the problems seem to arise from environmental factors. On a global perspective, it is also noted that Type II diabetes is also prevalent in other areas as well. This makes genetic makeup difficult to assess as there is no valid correlation between Type II diabetes and genetics as of yet, although there is research developing that shows there are certain defective genes that negatively impact as well as may contribute to the symptoms of diabetes.