How Does Poverty Affect Diabetes?

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Colby Lowell
Curry College
How Does Poverty Affect Diabetes?
April 21, 15

Health Issue Diabetes continues to be a growing problem for the United States population especially type 2 diabetes, which “accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes”(Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2014). Type 2 diabetes, formally known as adult onset diabetes, is defined as a “disorder of insulin resistance in which the cells primarily within the muscle, liver, and fat tissue do not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises the cells in the pancreas gradually lose the ability to produce enough hormone”(CDC, 2014). Diabetes as a whole affects about “9.3% of the US population or 29.1 million people” (American Diabetes Association (ADA), 2014; CDC, 2014). Despite the high prevalence of the disease, it is only going to continue to grow if nothing is done to correct the problem. The “United States spent an estimated $245 billion on diabetes in 2012” (ADA, 2014; CDC, 2014). This outrageous number and the drastic impact diabetes has on health should emphasis the need to reduce the diabetic population in the future.
Impact on Quality of Life Having well-maintained glycemic control is the most important aspect of controlling diabetes. Most individuals know that diabetes may cause hyperglycemia, which is an elevated blood sugar, and hypoglycemia, which is a low blood sugar. However, being diagnosed with diabetes not only affects a
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