W2 Activity: Post Prompt

W2 Activity: Post Prompt

 Category: W2 Activity

Title: Start your title with the week number (“W2 Activity: ”)

Choose ONE of the three Unnatural Causes episodes you watched to analyze in this post – write the title here (e.g. “W2 Activity: When the Bough Breaks”)

Body: (300 words)

  • How did you do on the Health Equity Quiz? (be honest!) Which statistics did you find the most surprising?
  • We often think that development, urbanization, and globalization mean greater health among local populations. However, this is not always the case. Pick one of the case studies from the unnatural causes episodes and summarize it.
  • Are there non-genetic factors that can explain these observed health disparities?

Comment: (200 words)

  • Pick a post that analyzes a different case study.
  • Discuss a possible solution to this health problem based on the summary in the post.
  • Is your solution political (a new law/policy/program/etc)? Biological (developing a cure/vaccine/screentest/etc)? Individual (better hygiene, healthier habits/etc)? Economic (funding/education/new jobs/etc)?… or something else?
  • Who should be responsible for alleviating this health disparity? Locals? Doctors? The government? Explain your answer.

2 thoughts on “W2 Activity: Post Prompt

  1. Hi, Meri!
    I think what you said about potential ways to reduce instances of type two diabetes among the Pima tribe was very well-rounded and important to consider when dealing with such an epidemic. But the most important thing is to find the best ways to prevent people from having high levels of glucose from remain in their bloodstream for long periods of time. I think the most important thing you listed in terms of resolutions was education. If so many people are getting type two diabetes within a population, then it would be a great asset to provide the at-risk with a better understanding of the disease. From this, we can deduce that the way to prevent diabetes would have to be a combination of individual and economic improvements. In terms of individual, people would need to learn to follow a diet that contains an appropriate amount of glucose for the pancreas to handle. At the same time the benefit of education could be fundamental for prevention and can aid the individual as well.
    To set this in motion, we would need the cooperation of locals as well as the government. Most likely this would start with the government providing education in schools about the risk of type two diabetes. At the point that people become more knowledgable about the disease, they can individually develop diet regimands to better suit their needs and in turn prevent development of the disease.

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