This essay will inform readers about the best practices, published guidelines, and clinical pathways for management of diabetes. Diabetes is a serious issue that affects millions of people. Unrecognized pre diabetes is also a growing concern that is increasing dramatically. Diabetes is not diagnosed for most homeless people, because they do not do have a yearly physical check-up. Published guidelines are useful to patients and practitioners because they focus on the improvement of care. Clinical pathways are also important, because they focus on the outcome and assessment of their achievement.
There are nearly 30 million people living with diabetes in the U.S. African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes, with 13.2% having been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites. They are also at an increased risk for serious complications of diabetes, which include blindness, kidney disease and amputations. Although the risk for complications can’t be eliminated, good control of diabetes has been shown to reduce those risks.
In the US type 2 diabetes is a major medical problem affecting all ethnic backgrounds and needs to be addressed. The pre-diabetic and diabetic population is steadily increasing every year despite medical advancements. Unfortunately, the African American population is at a disadvantage when it comes to diabetes. Preventing medical complications related to diabetes, initiating health promotion programs, increasing healthy lifestyle behaviors will essentially lead to a decrease risk of complications secondary to diabetes and overall improve patient
Diabetes pertains to a group of illnesses that is characterized by an unusually increased amount of glucose in the blood of the person. Because of this, the person experiences problems in the shortage of insulin. This disease can result to significant complications that can even kill the person who has this condition. However, the good news is that diabetic people can be able to do certain measures to make sure that they are able to manage this disease and reduce the possibility that more complications would emerge. Diabetes is actually one of the primary causes of mortality and incapacity in America, and the overall expenses connected to the treatment of this disease is estimated to around the $200 billion every year. This paper will discuss the urban health problem of diabetes among African Americans.
Type II Diabetes in African Americans is a major health disparity that is growing every day and needs to be understood more. According to the American Diabetes Association, African Americans are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites (American Diabetes Association). Why is that? Scientist have been extensively trying to answer this question with various studies and experiments. Though it is not yet fully understood, small achievements have been made and answers are constantly being searched for. Testing and early diagnosis, primary prevention, access to care for everyone and improving that quality of care will make a difference in the number of casualties and people being affected in the African American community.
Diabetes is a serious health condition that is a chronic illness for the African Americans. Diabetes preventions strategies in African American community can be a tricky task to contain and prevent for several reasons I will discuss in this paper.
Over the past 30 years, the rate of diabetes in African American populations has tripled. Prevalence of diabetes in adults is 1.4 times as frequent in African Americans as in Caucasians. The increased prevalence is not dependent on gender.2 Additionally, nearly half of adults who meet the criteria for
Data collected by a team of researchers working with the World Health Organisation discovered that New Zealand has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. In New Zealand, research estimates that the figure for patients diagnosed with diabetes stands at 225,000 - predominantly Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is an issue in our community because the age of diagnosis is decreasing and the death rate is rapidly increasing. Over 100,000 more people are yet to be diagnosed and this number continues to grow. Many medical professionals believe this number is so high because Type 2 tends to develop more gradually therefore in many cases it’s too late to rehabilitate. It’s important that not only people suffering with the
Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. The Insulin resistant patients are growing continuously in american children. New management strategies are helping minorities with diabetes live long and healthy lives. Diabetes is one of the most common known diseases in the african american community today. It’s associated with serious complications, but timely diagnosis and treatment. About 208,000 young black people in the united states under age 20 had diabetes both type 1 diabetes 2 in 2012. Scarcely Type 2 diabetes are increasing in children and adolescents. The frequency of diabetes in today society coincides with the food consumption, lack of exercise and lack of signs symptoms. Children who are of a minority in modern society tend to be more two times more likely to have diabetes mellitus , than any other child in the world.
The effects of diabetes are nothing less than devastating. It is a disease that is affected by interdependent genetic, social, economic, cultural, and historic factors (CDC, 2011a). In the United States, nearly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes, and another 79 million Americans have prediabetes (CDC, 2011a). Diabetes has been associated with reducing the quality of life of people with the disease, and it also has a tremendous economic burden on our health care system. In 2007, diabetes and its complication accounted for $218 billion in direct and indirect costs in 2007 alone (Dall, et al., 2010).
We can and must prevent the preventable. The human and financial cost of not intervening will be far greater than the cost of intervening” (International Diabetes Federation, 2016). Basically, diabetes is preventable, it is one’s own will to have courage to fight and with the help of supporters there is no excuse in overcoming this disease. Diabetics are not alone, the American Diabetes Association provides planning meals, awareness programs, food recipes, the understanding of carbohydrates and many more supportive plans. In order to obtain a healthy lifestyle with no complications of any type of disease, it is important to dedicate at least an hour a day to physical activity. The famous writer Lieberman once said, “There’s no medicine that’s more important than exercise. Analyzes have shown, exercising is one of the most important medicines for the diabetic soul, keeping sugar and blood levels at a normal rate. In addition, carefully selecting portions of food that are consume daily. The disease itself is killing many different individuals despite economic statuses. Those who have the education and means usually take it for granted, when people in lower income countries inquire the access to reliable resources. Type II Diabetes impacts negatively on many facets of global development and economic sustainability. So it is crucial that this disease is be put in the forefront so that the global burden of Type II Diabetes be
2 diabetics in Nigeria (Yusuf, Obe, & Joseph, 2007). .3 Though they are not considered as a major factor. However, African immigrants that have been exposed to a different way of treating disease find it difficult to accept modern medicine. A key reason is that the patient’s culture is often seen as a problem, causing a barrier to care. In my community where I grew up, I was raised using herbs, plants, roots and other alternative methods in treatment of illnesses. However, in the States one has to see a physician to diagnose and prescribe medications, which is something African immigrants finds difficult to get used to. Personally, I have always been cautious about the side effect and cost of
Diabetes growth is devastating to American families. Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States (Healthy People 2020, 2016). In 2006, nearly ten years ago the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes in the united states was just 17.3 million. Additionally, this number of those diagnosed has doubled since the year 2000 (CDC, 2015). Diabetes is defined by a disease in which the body cannot produce enough or any insulin for proper digestion of sugars and glucose. The elevated levels of glucose within the body cause major complications, some even irreversible (DaVita, 2016). With such an increase in diagnosed diabetes cases, this issue needs to be addressed and public action has to be taken. In a time where grocery stores are readily accessible with fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy lifestyle America should not have this issue.
Diabetes mellitus type II or simply diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar. This condition arises from insulin resistance and in some cases a relative lack of insulin (Kommoju, & Reddy, 2011; Xinli, Huijie, Yan, & Yan, 2013). A review of my family background reveals that I am at considerable risk of developing diabetes in my lifetime. A critical examination of the existing literature on the causes of diabetes reveals that a group of genes is involved in most cases of diabetes (Kommoju, & Reddy, 2011). Within my family, my maternal grandmother suffered from diabetes from her early forties. Furthermore, one of my maternal uncles and paternal aunts have both been diagnosed with diabetes. Currently I am seven months
Diabetes has recently become a focal point of health care systems around the world due to its high prevalence and the severity of secondary complications caused by the disease. Over the course of my project on diabetes, I have had the opportunity to speak with a group of diabetics to understand from a patient’s perspective how diabetes is managed in a rural community. While I found that while some patients ignored treatment and refused to make any dietary changes, the majority of the patients I interviewed were well-informed and actively managing diabetes in their everyday life.