Tawsif Rafid Siddiqui
Professor Abdul Ali
8th November, 2013
Diabetes and Socioeconomic status
Diabetes is one of the most important health issue for any American today. Around 8.3% of the total population of the America has diabetes, and that includes children, men and women of all ages. Many Americans’ don’t want to believe in the existence of the socioeconomic class, but it is really shocking, how SES is interconnected with the widespread of diabetes. BRFSS is a state-based, random-digit--dialed telephone surveyor. A survey by BRFSS shows how the chance of Diabetes for a woman is related to their SES (Socioeconomic Status). The limitations of opportunities in getting health insurance and education make women from lower classes more vulnerable to diabetes than an upper class woman.
BRFSS survey shows that, woman among aged over 25 years, the percentage of woman with diabetes who had not completed high school is 27.7%. The women participated in that survey, who didn’t have diabetes and didn’t complete high school, their percentage is 9.8. A low level of formal education remained significantly more common among women with diabetes than among those without diabetes. It seems that education has some sort of indirect influence on the disease.
Education makes people conscious. If people are educated, they become aware of their health. But, in the current system in America, lower class people have less opportunities in going to college or having a minimum level of education. The rate of dropping out from college is higher in lower class. Women from lower class face the same problem, in some cases, more than a man. Their lack of education prevents them from having a good job. Most of the time they end up with a job of low wage. So, they can’t afford health insurance.
Many women who can’t finish high school, start working at a local restaurant. Our present economy system force them to take these jobs....