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The Native American way of life has certainly changed over the course of the last one hundred years What used to be a very strong presence on the American frontier is now a humbled group of people pushed onto ground that nobody else wanted Along with this change came diabetes which now affects more than sixty percent of the Pima Indians in Arizona and fifty-seven percent of the Aberdeen area of the Indian Health Service which includes North and South Dakota Iowa and NebraskaSandrick 42 Native Americans did not have a problem with this affliction until this century Due to a sudden change in diet and lifestyle Native Americans have experienced a sharp and sudden rise in diabetesWhen the Native Americans were forced onto reservations they stopped hunting and preparing their own food Instead the U S Government gave them food that their bodies were not used to digesting Indians were not used to eating flour lard canned meats and poultry that are swimming in fat and canned fruits and vegetables packed in sugary syrup Sandrick 42 They had survived mainly on vegetables and lean buffalo meat that was prepared in a way that many generations before them had done These foods had kept their bodies with sufficient nutrients for their daily routines and way of life Their bodies could not handle the extra fat and sugar in their diet This coupled with a decrease in intense exercise increased obesity and brought on the rise of diabetes The sudden lack of exercise resulted in a large weight increase in the Native American community Indians were used to roaming the countryside They had to follow the buffalo or move to warmer weather Now they were put into permanent homes and handed their food This created an overweight obese group of people When most of us think of the Great Indians of the last century we think of a thin well-defined figure standing stern and serious
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