Diabetes and the Mexican Community
Diabetes has become a major epidemic affecting various countries, including Mexico and the United States. Mexicans, the largest Latino subgroup in the U.S., are greatly affected by this growing epidemic. In the United States, Mexicans make up 65% of the Hispanic population. It is not known whether diabetes is a problem that stems from the Mexican population or whether it becomes a problem once Mexicans relocate to the United States. Studies that were done in the past were collected and analyzed, using a qualitative approach. Various statistical data from national websites in Mexico and United States were collected. The aim of the study is to find out if there is a difference in prevalence of diabetes among Mexicans who live in Mexico and Mexicans who live in the United States. This research also hopes to find out if diabetes is a migratory or genetic factor. With the conclusion of this research, it is found that Mexicans in the United States have a higher rate of diabetes due to eating and exercise habits. It also seems as though diabetes is both a migratory and genetic factor.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Community Health / Pre-medicine
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