When I took the Health Equity quiz , I really didn’t do so well, I only scored a 30%. I wasn’t really familiar with the statistics with the U.S. and how the U.S. was ranked compared to other parts of the world. I thought I would have done so much better than I actually did, but this quiz was actually an eye opener for me. The stats about the life expectancy and the cost coverage on health care really didn’t shock me because those areas are always being talked about, but what did surprise me was the statistic about non-native latinos having better health among other populations in the U.S, and how a couple years later their health will decline to be somewhat similar of low-income Americans.
The film clip I chose to analyze would be “Bad Sugar “. This video mainly discusses how the Pima and O’odham indians have the highest diabetes rates in the world compared to other cultures or races. It was also explained how the river water was upstreamed to white settlements and how that actually messed up the agricultural economy for the indians, which led them to poverty. To me, it seems like diabetes is actually one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. also. I think that diabetes is affecting many people around the world from different cultures and races. Research has found that in minority populations,the risk for diabetes is actually doubled. Also in the film it was shown how those indians were basically living in poverty which also caused a major role for the development and proneness to having diabetes. I believe there are non-genetic factors that could explain the observed health disparaties such as the ability to seek health care when needed for special treatments, but if someone lives in poverty they really can’t have access to seek medical care which would probably be considered an environmental factor. Type ll diabetes has many factors that could cause it, it seems like the leading causes would be high stress levels and low income.