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Health Sciences 1002A/B
Jessica Polzer

HS 1002a - Class 15 - Thursday, Oct. 25 Questions on Film Series “Unnatural Causes”, Episode: Bad Sugar This film examines the problem of Type 2 Diabetes among the Pima Indians (in Arizona) within a Social Determinants of Health framework. This film focuses on Type 2 Diabetes, also known as Diabetes Mellitus. This form of diabetes is characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood and the body’s inability to regulate glucose levels properly. Type 2 diabetes can be managed through changes to lifestyle and medication. Undiagnosed or untreated diabetes can have serious short- and long-term complications. Diabetes affects many major organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage (potential blindness), and foot damage (sometimes requiring amputation). For more information, go to: • What are the differences in the rates of Type 2 Diabetes among the Indigenous peoples in this film, compared to the national average in the US? More than 7x the national average • What impact does genetics have on the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes? Not just one or two genes involved in diabetes that affect it, many more that are unclear. • What evidence exists for the effects of colonization on Type 2 diabetes? Land, culture and work disappear because of colonization, also many of the peopl
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