Essay about Global Health and Diabetes

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Global health is defined as “health problems, issues, or concerns that transcend national borders” (Institute of Medicine, 1997, p. 2). Koplan (2009) proposed a new definition for global health which he described as an “area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide” (para, 7). Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective and blends population health and clinical care.
Global health means many things to many people. In the world view of this writer, global health describes the study of the health needs of the global community and its effect on the world as a collective. From
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Forty years later, it is unbelievable that this writer and her siblings would do the same, becoming part of the ‘brain drain” from the West Indies. For this reason, there is an awesome sense of obligation to give back to the global community. Once I complete my doctoral degree, this writer hopes to obtain an overseas appointment to work in Africa in chronic diseases. This writer hopes to do work in Africa or other developing country until retirement, after which she hopes to work as a medical missionary, teach at the university level, and write novels, devotionals, and short stories. Presently, the global community struggles under a multitude of epidemics; however, an area of concern for this writer is globalization and its effect on the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Globalization is as a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations which is driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology (The Lewin Institute, n.d.). Siegler and Vengat Narayan (2008) propose that globalization “facilitates the spread of risk factors of poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use which lead to four diseases (cardiovascular disease, some cancers, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes) which cause more than 50% of deaths worldwide” ( p.2). (WHO, 2011). Diabetes and it complications causes major morbidity and mortality around the globe and is
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