First of all, type II diabetes is a chronic disease and the most common form of diabetes, which is a disease in ...
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... because it reflects the high rate of the disease among most Native American groups, which can be prevented by a variety of health interventions. Over the past decade, the shift from a more traditional to a more Western lifestyle has led the Pima Indians to adapt a more sedentary lifestyle with a diet consisting of more fats. This has led to an increase in obesity and diabetes among this population. While genetics plays a role in the large prevalence rate among the Pima Indians, social and environmental factors may play a larger role in the prevalence of the disease. Thus, while diabetes disproportionately affects a large amount of Native Americans, it is still a preventable disease. With the new grants provided by the CDC, programs focused on the prevention of the disease can help stop the increase of prevalence rates among the Pima and other Native American groups.
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