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Diabetes in African Americans:

What is Diabetes?

What happens in the body…

Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism. Metabolism is the way the body uses food for energy and growth. People eat food and it is normally broken down into glucose, glucose is a form of sugar in the blood and fuels the body’s demands for energy. Glucose is used by cells for growth and energy. Insulin is what is needed for glucose to get into the cells, insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. After eating the pancreas releases insulin to assist the glucose in the bloodstream to move into the cells. When diabetes is present there is little or no insulin released or it is released and the cells do not respond right. As a result glucose begins to build up in the blood and is filtered out by the kidneys and passed in the urine. The body then has lost its main source of fuel.

Access to Healthcare Services for Teaching Project Brochure

African Americans have reduced access to healthcare services. Just under 1 in 5 are uninsured. Local public health departments can help African Americans manage their diabetes more efficiently on a sliding scale based on income. Some may be eligible for free services.

Public Health Nurse Roles

Nurses in the community health department are known as public or community health nurses. When you seek healthcare for your diabetes at a public health department, this is the type of nurse you will see. They consign services within a community-based model. These nurses are trained to be able to work within different populations (such as African Americans) within different communities.

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adult. The body does not produce insulin.Type 2 diabetes is characterized by the body not responding properly to insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Early warning signs include: Increased hunger, unexplained weight loss, frequent urination, unquenchable thirst, weakness, fatigue, blurred vision, and prolonged healing times.

Diabetes Statistics

  • 15% of African Americans suffer from adult onset diabetes.
  • Statistically, just under 1 in 5 African Americans are uninsured.
  • 4.9 million; 18.7% of all non-Hispanic blacks that are age 20 and older have diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes accounting for 90-95% of diabetes population.

How is Diabetes Diagnosed?

Diabetes is usually diagnosed by... [continues]

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