Social, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Causes of Diseases: Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)

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Assignment 3: Social, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Causes of Diseases: Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)

Dr. Moretz
HSA 535 Managerial Epidemiology
December 14, 2013









Analyze the development of T2D in the U.S., and compare its development to developing countries in general. T2D is a progressive endocrine disorder characterized by abnormal secretion or action of insulin, which leads to elevated blood glucose. Over time elevated blood glucose results in damage to multiple organ systems.
Data from the 2011 National Diabetes fact sheet states that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 8.3% of the population, have diabetes. 18.8 million People have been diagnosed while there are 7
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Suggest five (5) prudent steps to address the psychosocial proliferation of the disease. Provide support for your suggestion. Northeast Ohioans are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as nearly 330,000 people suffer from the disease, and many others may have diabetes and not know it! It is estimated that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes.
In northeast Ohio, 330,000 children and adults have diabetes. Recent estimates project that one in three U.S. adults will have diabetes in 2050; an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes if we don’t do something about it. The American Diabetes Association estimates the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $245 billion (Ohio, 2010).
Type 2 diabetes typically emerges in middle adulthood, a period of life where lifestyle patterns and behaviors have become firmly established and may require greater effort to change. Also, during the pre-complications phase of type 2 diabetes, and even in the early phase of complications, the patient is often asymptomatic. Driving forces that might motivate a patient to seek medical care - unpleasant symptoms and awareness and fear of a serious illness - are therefore not present to provide a sufficient level of threat and motivation to make changes.
Type 2 diabetes poses a wide range of problems for patients…

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