In the American culture today race, genetics, and health have a very close relationship. Trying to differentiate these relationships is the difficult part. Race is a socially constructed image and deals with the heritage one comes from, not how ones body is made up. This makes it hard to say a specific race is more likely to have a health issue, because race is not ones genetic make -up. Like the example given in lecture 2.2 about Bidil being specifically for the African American race, or more effective for African Americans rather than whites. The issue of medication being made specifically for certain races is the method of prescribing the medication. How does a doctor determine if someone is in fact African American; someone could be a mixed race and not fit the typical outward appearance of that race. You cannot genetically test race you have to go by someone’s self identification, what race they consider themselves.
Diabetes in America is a rising health concern, but especially for Hispanic Americans. In America, Hispanics are much more likely to get type two diabetes than Non-Hispanics . The reasoning behind this is due to more Hispanic Americans being part of the lower class and not having the resources to live an as educated and healthy life style as Non- Hispanics. Not having money to spend on healthy food is a big issue. Fast food and processed junk food is much cheaper than fresh fruits and vegetables. Also the amount of exercise among Hispanic Americans has been studied and many do little to no exercise. These bad habits are passed down from generation to generation creating a vicious cycle of obesity which leads to, type two diabetes. Studies have also shown that if a first relatives with diabetes have a much higher risk of developing type two diabetes. I think that serious steps toward bringing awareness to Hispanic Americans about their health and preventive measures to stop type two diabetes and obesity are necessary. When the preventive measures are so simple to incorporate into daily lifestyles it is sad that minority races are simply just not educated on these matters.
Fraser, Jessica. ” Diabetes and Hispanic Americans: more than just genetics.” Natural News.http://www.naturalnews.com/008951.html (Thursday, July 10th, 2014).