W2 Activity: Bad Sugar

On the Health Equity quiz I did not do very good only getting 3 of the 10 questions corrects. To me, all of the statistics were surprising even the ones that I got right. In particular, and not as surprising as it is eye opening, is the fact that the majority of the answers could have been figured out by knowing the huge differences in life expectancy of the rich versus the poor. Economic status in the United States is a huge indicator of whether or not certain areas are going to suffer from certain diseases. Lack of grocery stores with fresh food as well as no area for those in certain communities to go out and play safely will lead to increased diabetes in certain areas. This disease is one that may look like it is discriminating against certain ethnicities when in reality it comes down to status of the community and availability of resources to the people living within them. This correlation is very easy to see in the example I chose to highlight of the Naive American tribes in Arizona.

The case study that I chose was about two Native American tribes in Arizona. The urbanization and development of their surrounding area only had a negative affect on the natives. The case study revealed that as Arizona developed its urban areas it also blocked off all water sources leading to two native american tribes. This consequently increased the rate of diabetes among the tribes to about 1/2 of the natives would develop diabetes in their lifetimes. This was aided by the fact the population of native americans were primarily living in poverty and well as the food that the government was providing them as compensation to cutting off the river being a diabetic nightmare. While genes played a role passing down a disposition to getting diabetes the overwhelming factors attributing to the disease were the food supplements given to the tribes as well as socioeconomic status.

3 thoughts on “W2 Activity: Bad Sugar

  1. Robert, although I got majority of the statistics to the Health Equity quiz right, they were still just as surprising to me as they were to you. It’s obvious of how much of an impact of wealth has to do with life expectancy. A possible solution to the two tribes that lost their water supply due to urbanization would be better public control over the water utilities or repair old water systems if there are any near by. I think the solution is more so political and economical, in trying to fund the tribes other options for water and food. It’s also political because it was the drive for urbanization, they could have thought of a solution knowingly that the tribes were going to lose their supply. It’s not individualized considering they couldn’t prevent diabetes with the food they were receiving from the government. The government is responsible for alleviating this health disparity, considering they were the ones wanting to urbanize the area that cut the water supply off. In addition to the food their were giving the tribes food that contributed to the diabetes instead of giving them a healthier alternative. If they were to actually prevent them from losing their water supply by possibly giving them an alternative to water then they wouldn’t be depleted of nutrition nor would they be getting diabetes.

  2. The problem that needs to be fixed in this case is the lack of water in the community. Water, and a healthy, clean water source is essential to a community. We see entire communities collapse and go into distress if a water source is compromised, such as the Flint Water Crisis. In the case of the Flint Water Crisis, the government was the ones responsible for the crisis so the government needed to step in a help fixed it as well as surrounding communities. The solution to this problem in Arizona is both political and economical. The government in Arizona must find another way to route water to the communities, as well as provide funding to keep the water clean. There is also an educational stand point that needs to be considered. The people in the community should be taught about exercise and healthier eating habits in order to try to avoid their already predisposed genes of diabetes. It was said that the government was providing food as compensation for cutting off the water supply but you can’t replace food with water and expect the community to bounce back. Just because a community is poor does not mean they should be suffering.

  3. It’s obviously a problem that needs to be fixed, but I think the solution begin with listening. The governments involved in relationships with native communities should be making every effort to identice the needs of such communities. They should also be dedicating time and resources to addressing the key problems facing native communities in a timely manner. The problems facing indigenous populations are varied and deep-rooted. They require more than just government action, but they require the good will of native and non-native people expressing a desire for improved quality of life in native communities. That involves people of all professional backgrounds. The solutions will also be varied. Some will be legal, about control of resources perhaps. Others will be political, dealing with specific policies for improving health in these communties. Providing loan relieg for physicians willing to practice in native communities is one way of doing this.

    It’s a very hard question to answer. There is a lot to be done and a lot of different moving pieces. You can identify issues of education, sovereignty, racism, lack of medical professionals, crumbling infrastructure, unemployment, et cetera. What is important is that people start working ln slmething that will have an impact.

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