diabetes and the American Indian culture

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Signature Assignment – Research Paper You are to develop a 5-page (not including title, abstract, and reference pages), APA-style research paper on health indicators of a specific cultural group. Analyze and describe how health disparities seen in the selected group impacts morbidity and mortality at the individual, group, community, and societal levels. Be sure to include: • Title Page • Abstract • Introduction to the problem and its significance • Description of health indicators & disparities • Description of health beliefs, health behaviors and contributing factors • Recommendations for improving health care and reducing disparities in the selected group • Conclusion • Reference page (not part of page count). Use at least 5 appropriate, scholarly sources - see chart below

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    Diabetes and the American Indian Culture
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    DIABETES AND THE AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE

    Abstract
    The aim of this article is to provide an overview on the prevalence of health disparities between
    American Indians and the rest of the American and Europe population, particularly on type 2 diabetes.
    The writing describes the interrelation between health and cultural beliefs, and the existing health
    disparities. Lastly, the article offers recommendations on how existing practices could be changed.

    DIABETES AND THE AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE
    Introduction to the problem and its significance
    Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that result from abnormalities in the production of
    the hormone insulin. The pancreas, an organ responsible for the production of insulin which
    helps the body store and use up excess sugar and fats, produces inadequate insulin leading to a
    condition known as diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes has no known cure. Native Americans,
    particularly the American Indians have been subjects to health disparities, a factor that has
    significantly contributed to extremely high records of ailments, with type 2 diabetes being
    prevalent among the American Indian population. Type two diabetes occurs when an
    individual’s body fails to utilize insulin properly, a condition known as insulin resistance.
    Initially, the pancreas produces extra insulin to make up for the insulin that was not utilized.
    However, after some time the pancreas is unable to supply enough insulin leading to imbalances
    in the blood glucose, hence type 2 diabetes.
    Generally, health care quality disparities among American Indians and other native
    groups have prevailed since the colonial period (Jones, 2006). Inadequate data on the America
    Indians has made it challenging to get a clear understanding on their health disparities. Traders,
    missionaries, colonists, physicians and government bodies have tried to explain the variances in
    health care quality between the American Indians and the rest of the US population, sparking a
    wide range of possible factors behind the disparities.
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