Diabetes among Hispanic Americans

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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).

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  1. Jamila Carver says:

    I do agree how you incorporated the economic stand point in with diabetes because that is a huge factor among a lot of minorities in America. Like in the lecture 2.1 Ecology and Adaptation, the Indians there had to adapt to the new environment that they were given and disease came from that. Though we are all minorities in different races our genes are still similar in ways that put us in categories for ones with higher chances or more likely to get diabetes. Prevention through awareness is the best way to go about solving this kind of problem. When talking about diabetes in America, I feel that not just Hispanics but all minorities need no be informed in some way, either through local outreach, governmental outreach, or individual outreach to decrease chances of obesity and diabetes. You mentioned that it was harder to find someone’s specific races rather than finding a health issue. This goes back to illness versus disease where the disease is common among the Americans but the illness affects the lower income more. So when making ones aware of this topic it should target all lower income and not just Hispanics, that way covering more ground helping everyone rather focusing on race.

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