Latino Diabetes Initiative and It’s Success The Latinos Diabetes Initiative is a successful program that was launched in July 2002 by the Joselin Diabetes Center. This center is dedicated to defeating diabetes in all forms—as it is one of the global leaders in diabetes research, care, and education. Their goal is to prevent and cure diabetes for future or current patients. They are an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Harvard’ Medical school, one of the best in the nations. The main focus though for the Latinos Diabetes Initiative is that they are aimed to give affected (with diabetes) and non-affected Hispanics improved lives with culturally oriented patient care, education, outreach, and research (source). The number of …show more content…
The total number of people who participated in Supermarket tours were roughly around 50. Though, the numbers seem to be a small amount out of the 56.6 million Hispanics in the United States, the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority, but it is still a difference maker. How is it Successful and Culturally Competent? The Hispanic community have a unique culture and traditional beliefs. For instance, Hispanics will cook unhealthy foods that contain high fats and salt. These foods can include carne asada, tamales, etc. Hispanic main dishes don’t have much leafy greens; mostly fats, salts, and carbs. This disease appears in mostly adults, but there is a rise in metabolic abnormalities that may affect many children and adolescents. The strong genetic disposition, the inadequate meal planning, and the lack of physical activity is the many of the reasons why 17 percent of all Latinos in the United States have diabetes. Nevertheless, this program can help improve the lives of the Hispanic community for current and future generations to come. Many Hispanics are not aware of this chronic condition and it is their mission for them to help understand with …show more content…
Prevention and outreach, detection and screen, research, and lastly, patient support. In prevention and outreach, they educate the Latino/Hispanic community by being culturally competent. They know every little statistic and history on the health aspect of the Latino community and it is their mission to help them in any way possible with these programs that they offer. There is a traditional game that Hispanics love to play and that is the lotteria also known as bingo in English. They do this activity called Health Bingo and this is a fun and educational tool that has taught these Hispanics the varieties of cancer as well as promoting healthy eating, exercise and early screenings. Another program is detection and screening. Research studies show that Latinos are diagnose with cancer when it is at a later stage and the turnout for this is that the survival rates are lower. The reason of this result is the minimal education on how to self-exam oneself and how costly screenings can be, especially if they don’t have health insurance. It is proven that Latina women are less likely to perform breast examinations, obtain a mammogram, and are less likely to seek medical care when they suspect something is wrong. In the United States, for Hispanics, it is said that they are three times more likely to not have health insurance. There are a variety of reason
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Various factors are said to increase the chances of developing type II diabetes. These factors fall under two categories-genetics and medical/lifestyle risk factors, which include impaired glucose tolerance, gestational diabetes, hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance, obesity and physical activity (6). Although studies have shied away from making direct correlations between obesity/physical activity and the susceptibility of developing type II diabetes, researchers suspect, however, that a lack of exercise and obesity, as well as other unidentifiable factors, may be contributing to the high diabetes rates in African American and Hispanic American communities. The NHANES III survey indicated that "50 percent of African American men/65 percent of Mexican American men, and 67 percent of African American women/74 percent of Mexican American women participated in little or no exercise" (7).
When working with the older adult population we have many health care challenges. One health concern for older adults is diabetes type 2. Diabetes can be defines as a raised glucose level and symptoms on two separate occasions. Diabetes type 2 is a metabolic disorder where a person shows some, but not complete, lack of insulin verses type 1 in which a person has a complete lack of insulin. The prevalence of diabetes among Americans has steadily increased over the years. “In 2010, 25.6 million Americans over 20 years old were estimated to be living with diabetes, with an additional 79 million estimated to have prediabetes” (Robertson, 2012, p. 225). Without proper education about the disease and how to manage it, the prevalence among our older population is likely to increase. “The epidemic of type 2 diabetes is clearly linked to increasing rates of overweight and obesity in the U.S. population, but projections by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that even if diabetes incidence rates level off, the prevalence of diabetes will double in the next 20 years, in part due to the aging of the population” (Kirkman et al., 2012, p. 2342).
In today’s society diabetes mellitus has become a prevalent issue, especially because it is affecting our youth in increasing numbers. Diabetes is defined as “a complex disorder of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism that is primarily a result of a deficiency or complete lack of insulin secretion by the beta cells of the pancreas or resistance to insulin ("DM," 2013, p. 522). The number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has significantly increased from the 1980s to today, as well as the number of children being diagnosed. Risk factors such as family history, obesity, and ethnicity are all crucial to the prevalence of diabetes and its devastating effects on the future health of those affected. Asian-American ethnicity is associated within the high risk factors along with several other ethnicities such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans (Smeltzer, Bare, Hinkle, & Cheever, 2010, p. 1197). The following will establish how diabetes in adolescents has become a critical topic for their generation and the effects it is having on their personal care and in collaboration with their healthcare providers and nurses.
The prevalence of diabetes according to the CDC is 26 million Americans currently diagnosed with diabetes, 79 million with pre-diabetes, and 7 million unaware they have diabetes.1 Diabetes is currently more prevalent in the western countries due to physical inactivity and obesity, but as more Eastern countries develop the western lifestyle it becomes an increasing worldwide epidemic.1 The risk for developing type 2 diabetes increases with age (especially after age 40), but is increasing most rapidly in the adolescent and young generation.1 It is therefore critical that education as well as drug therapies are implemented to decrease the rising prevalence of this illness.
As society develops, people do not stop seeking access to healthcare services in order to ensure a better quality of life. With largely diverse populations, the Bronx has emerged to be a widely populated community in New York City. As a result, the challenges present in the community are overpopulation, polluted environment, excessive fast food chains, and noise pollution due to various transportations that are a root cause of many healthcare problems. One of the most significant is diabetes and the Bronx in particular has turned into the biggest epicenter of New York City’s diabetes crisis. Since diabetes has exploded into an alarming epidemic all over the country, it has become a formidable disease and also the seventh leading cause of death with multiple life-threatening complications and consequences for American society nowadays. Being a national priority concern, diabetes needs to be controlled to provide healthy communities for the American people, particularly residents located geographically in the Bronx community in New York.
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2 diabetes/adult onset diabetes) is an epidemic in American Indian and Alaska Natives communities.7 AI/AN have the highest morbidity and mortality rates in the United States.7 American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 2.3 more times likely to be diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus than non-Hispanic Whites.7 More importantly, AI/AN adolescent ages 10-14 are 9 times likely to be diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus than non-Hispanic Whites.7 Type 2 diabetes is high blood glucose levels due to lack of insulin and/or inability to use it efficiently.8 Type 2 diabetes usually affects older adults; 8 however, the incident rate is rising quicker amongst AI/AN youth than non-Hispanic Whites.7 This is foreshadowing of earlier serious complications that will be effecting the AI/AN communitie...
In this study, past literature and current statistics will provide an explanation for the diabetes health disparity epidemic among the Latino community. There will be another aspect of this disparity in terms of the role of acculturation on Latinos and how this impact the rate one acquires diabetes. Acculturation is the beginning stages of assimilation, rather the way one integrates into the dominant culture. In the case of Latinos, it is adjusting to the American culture. Further, the role of acculturation and cultural lifestyle will be analyzed to validate its role in the high prevalence among the Latino community. After triggers and accu...
Health Promotion Among the Hispanic Minority Health is determined in the nation by the minority health. "Approximately 36 percent of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group" (CDC, 2015).One of these are the "Hispanics or Latinos are the largest racial/ethnic minority population in the United States" (CDC, 2015). "About 1 in 6 people living in the US are Hispanic" (CDC, 2015). Therefore, this student will make the comparison between the status of the health of Hispanic minority and the nations ,barriers of health behavior This paper will compare the health status of the Hispanic minority with the nations, barriers to health seeking behaviors, and methods of promoting health among this population. Status of Health Among Hispanic Minority "Heart disease and cancer in Hispanics are the two leading causes of death, accounting for about 2 of 5 deaths, which is about the same for whites" (CDC, 2015). "Hispanics have more deaths from diabetes and chronic liver disease than whites, and similar numbers of deaths from kidney disease" (CDC, 2015). Even though the percentage of Hispanics suffering from high blood pressure are17% in comparison to 20% of whites. Hispanics are 68% that suffered poorly controlled high blood pressure compare to whites which are 54%. Even though Health risks may vary among Hispanic subgroup and whether they are US born or not. Lower death rate is suffered by the Hispanic than whites .But Hispanic has about 50% higher death rate from diabetes. Many deaths may be prevented within the Hispanic population with an increase in education and health screening . Barriers to Health Promotion in the Hispanic Minority "Social factors may play a major role in Hispanic health" (CDC, 2015). According to the art...
Therefore, understanding the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle can help encourage healthier choices. There are a number of diseases that can result from living an unhealthy lifestyle such as type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Type 2 diabetes is defined as a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. Cardiovascular disease which includes heart attacks, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, damages blood vessels, places high levels of stress on the heart and ultimately may lead to a stroke. Due to living an unhealthy lifestyle an individual also increases the chance of being diagnosed with prostate, esophagus, kidney or pancreatic cancer. It is clear that there is a connection between lifestyle choices and chronic disease. According to the article “Chronic Diseases As a Result of Poor Lifestyle Choices” the author, Pan Koenig states that “A diet of fast food, highly processed or salty foods and large amounts of starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, cereal, baked goods, sweets, sugary drinks, alcohol excess, overeating and lack of exercise are the primary causes of obesity”(5). It is clear that eating unhealthy foods will give an individual harmful diseases. Therefore, to prevent a life full of pain and disease an individual must begin to change and improve their quality of life today, but one cannot accomplish this on their own
Accordingto Diabetes UK (2012) “There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK with diabetes, including an estimated 850,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it.” Helping to shape their services and work, Diabetes UK makes sure to involve people affected by and at risk of diabetes no matter what ethnic background they come from. From support and care to preventing, campaigning, fundraising and researching, they work to take on the fastest growing epidemic in the UK.
A serious problem facing the Rio Grande Valley is the high rate of diabetes affecting the Mexican-American residents. Mexican-Americans compose the majority of the people living in the valley (Mata). Being diagnosed with type two diabetes affects many different aspects of their lives, making living more difficult than it should be.
It is quite common these days knowing someone with type-2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or another type of cardiovascular-related disorders. The American Diabetic Association reported in 2012, “29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population had diabetes with 86 million Americans from age 20 and older having prediabetes; up from 79 million in 2010.” This staggering increase each year is failure to consume the right foods or not understanding the implications of consuming all the wrong foods. While genetics may play a role on some people more than others. Controlling one’s diet with the right foods can significantly improve the chances of genetic predispositions and debilitating health disorders. My ultimate goal as a future dietitian is
For the 3.6 million Hondurans who live in rural areas, diabetes is a severe problem. While it is an arguably treatable disease in first-world countries, diabetes can be fatal for those who do not live near clinics with adequate testing methods or for those who do not live near clinics at all. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reveals that in Latin America, diabetes is rarely diagnosed early and is
A significant rise in the diabetes has been observed in the state of Illinois over the past twenty years. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), diagnosed diabetes among adults aged 18 or older in 1994 in IL had been between 4.5% - 5.9%, in 2010 that number jumped to 7.5%-8.9% (CDC Division of Diabetes Translation, 2011). Diabetes has many potential complications that include heart disease, stroke, hypertension, eye problems, and amputations (National Institutes of Health, 2011). Obesity and physical inactivity can lead to diabetes (American Heart Association, n.d.). In order to become a healthier community and not part of the state statistics for increase diabetes the focus