Diabetes In Mexican American Culture

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According to Freeman and Medway (1), a genre is a method of discourse which serves as a response to a recurring social situation. In many communities of discourse that exist today, many genres focus on the realm of science and medicine. These genres are often given great attention, because they reflect upon our values of health. Often, genres in the field of science and medicine provide us with information about the causes of a condition, as well as possible treatments for various conditions. This information is usually communicated within the scientific community in the form of journal articles. Later, this information is relayed to the general public in the form of popular sources, which may include magazines and newspaper articles. Each…show more content…
This is clearly evident in a scientific journal article written by Haffner et al. (283), which discuses the incidence of type two diabetes in Mexican Americans in relation to fasting insulin and glucose levels, obesity, and body fat distribution. Indeed, there are many statements in the text of the article which state that type two diabetes is associated with obesity, such as “We also found an increase in the incidence of diabetes with increasing central adiposity,” (Haffner et al., par. 22) and, “Obese Mexican Americans have an increased incidence of diabetes relative to lean Mexican Americans,” (Haffner et al. para. 23). Although these statements may indirectly encourage readers to pursue healthy and active lifestyles to prevent diabetes, they are not meant to persuade readers to pursue healthy and active lifestyles. Since the main purpose of this scientific article is to discuss the incidence of diabetes in relation to obesity, only the details and results of the study performed are described. As a genre that is mainly circulated within the scientific community, the scientific article is meant to validate the observations of the experiment instead of suggesting action upon the results of the experiment. Consequently Haffner et al.’s article contains little encouragement for readers to pursue active…show more content…
In particular, there is one webpage published by the Canadian Diabetes Association which greatly persuades readers to pursue healthy and active lifestyles. The Canadian Diabetes Association is an organization that provides support for diabetes sufferers and facilitates diabetes research. This suggests that some of the values of the Canadian Diabetes Association include diabetes prevention and management. Consequently, the webpage greatly encourages readers to pursue healthy and active lifestyles in a caring manner. In the statement, “You might have a hard time accepting that you…[have] type two diabetes…it is not unusual to feel scared, shocked,” (Type 2 Diabetes, par. 8) the Canadian Diabetes Association establishes itself as a caring organization in order to encourage readers that, “A positive and realistic attitude towards your diabetes can help you manage your condition,” (Type 2 Diabetes, par. 9). As a matter of fact, there are several statements which tell readers that they are capable of managing their diabetes, which include, “Remember: the most important member of your healthcare team is you,” (Type 2 Diabetes, par. 8) and, “You can live along and healthy life,” (Type 2 Diabetes, par. 2). By instilling confidence in the readers’ abilities, the authors of the webpage would like the readers to follow their sets of guidelines for effective management of
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