Diabetes Among Native American Populations Essay

2233 Words Nov 19th, 2016 9 Pages
Diabetes rates among Native American populations have increased at an alarming rate. The research on Diabetes among Native Americans that I will be conducting will examine Diabetes, including various factors related to this minority population in order to further understand how and factors such as biology, environment, culture, and education play a role in prevention of diabetes in this population. Research on this subject will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of how personalized healthcare prevention plans for individuals in minority populations is crucial in creating a system of healthcare that is inclusive to all race and ethnicities.
Diabetes is a disease that affects 25.8 million people, and 8.3% of the United States population. (CDC, 2014) In order to further understand the severity and occurrences of diabetes, it is necessary to understand the different types of diabetes, and what effects they have on the body. Diabetes has an effect on the blood glucose level in the body, causing it to be too high. The pancreas secretes insulin into the blood to help transport the glucose to the cells of the body and maintain a steady level of glucose in the body. In a diabetic individual, the body either doesn’t make insulin at all, or has an insulin resistance in the body, leading to excess of blood glucose levels in the body, unable to reach the cells. (NIH, 2014) The two prominent types of Diabetes are type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and a brief description of these two…

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