Discussion Question – Assessing Individual & Community Needs
Discuss the individual and/or community needs as it relates to the reason for your capstone research inquiry. Why do you believe your research inquiry/findings will address the identified needs that prompted your inquiry?
Due: 03/17/2022 11:00 pm PT
Length: A minimum of 250 words, not including references
Citations: At least two high-level scholarly references in APA 7 from within the last 5 years (On or after 2018)
Assessing Individual and Community Needs
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a significant healthcare challenge in the USA, as it affects over 11% of the population (American Diabetes Association, 2022). DM is problematic since it affects the individual’s way of life, limiting the food they can eat and requiring them to take medications several times a day. For some people, this medication is expensive. Thus, they do not take enough medicine, per the physicians’ recommendations, resulting in poor disease outcomes. The drugs may not be enough for other patients, especially those with type 1 DM. Therefore, they require daily insulin injections, increasing the healthcare expenditure. Hence, it is necessary to investigate whether complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products (such as okra) can help better regulate blood sugar and HbA1c levels.
CAM is a relatively familiar subject within the American healthcare system. People from various cultural backgrounds bring their diverse medical heritage into the country and use specific products and actions to address different health needs. Specifically, people have reported that okra seeds have helped manage DM in Turkey, a phenomenon that attracted clinical research (Watson, 2019). Formal investigations have also yielded positive results. For instance, Liao et al. (2019) found that okra seeds contain a polysaccharide that improves antioxidant capacity, thereby aiding blood sugar and HbA1c control. Therefore, the choice for research inquiry has a well-established formal and informal evidence foundation. The findings will address DM patient needs since they will illuminate how they can incorporate okra into their regimen, reducing healthcare costs and improving disease outcomes. Thus, thee results will aid in creating a working formula for okra seeds use in DM management, contributing to the universal knowledge pool.
American Diabetes Association. (2022, Feb. 4). Statistics About Diabetes. https://www.diabetes.org/about-us/statistics/about-diabetes
Liao, Z., Zhang, J., Liu, B., Yan, T., Xu, F., Xiao, F., Wu, B., Bi, K., & Jia, Y. (2019). Polysaccharide from Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench) Improves Antioxidant Capacity via PI3K/AKT Pathways and Nrf2 Translocation in a Type 2 Diabetes Model. Molecules, 24(10), 1906. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24101906
Watson, K. (2019, May 11). Benefits of Okra for Diabetes. https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/okra