Research Paper Diabetes

2773 Words Feb 25th, 2013 12 Pages
Caroline
SOC 005
Dr
November 15th, 2011

Diabetes in the U.S.
Diabetes is a disease rapidly increasing throughout the world today, and it is often referred to as the world’s modern epidemic. According to The World Health Organization (WHO) there were 171 million people suffering from diabetes worldwide in 2000. They are expecting this number to be doubled by year 2050 with 366 million diagnosed people. The organization’s most recent “calculations indicate that worldwide almost 3 million deaths per year are attributable to diabetes” (World Health Organization). It is clear that diabetes is a huge problem in the world, and a research called “The burden of Mortality Attributable to Diabetes: Realistic estimates for the year 2000”
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Being poor leads to several other factors that affects the health and wellbeing of the poor. They are unable to have a sufficient diet, they live in bad areas, they do not have the extra money to spend on for instance a gym membership, and they might have so many worries that their health is not their number one priority. Being poor also limits the health care you can receive, as the poor cannot afford health insurance. We have to identify the poor in order to discuss who are more exposed to the problems with diabetes and obesity, and two major characteristics of the poor are that they are often racial minorities, and uneducated. First of all, let us focus on the part of living in a bad area and these mostly consist of poor people, who I already identified as, among others, racial minorities.
As we saw in the episode “Place Matters”, from the series “Unnatural Causes”, where you live has a huge affect on both mental and physical health. In the episode, they use the urban neighborhood of Richmond, California as an example, which is an area with a high poverty rate and also high rates of diabetes – why is this the case? One major reason for this is that in bad neighborhoods there are almost no fresh foods available to the residents. If you go from Penn State Abington and drive down 611 towards center city Philadelphia, you recognize that there are a couple of bad areas along the way. Take a closer look, and
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