Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Skye Peltier, MPH, PA-C


Regardless of how developed a nation is, diabetes mellitus II and other noncommunicable diseases are becoming an increasing problem throughout the globe. However, as more developing countries are introduced to the advancements of industrialized technologies, as well as the shift from rural living to an urban environment they are experiencing a more marked increase in diabetes than anywhere else in the world. In this article we break down the categories of industrialization and urbanization into several key underlying factors that contribute to their proliferation of diabetes in the developing world.

For industrialization we assess the influence of food processing, agriculture system changes, as well as the major shifts in physical activity patterns. In regards to urbanization, we take a deeper look into diet trents, urban marketing systems, as well as the contrast with rural areas. Overall, the goal of this article was to evaluate these systems, and assess which of them has a larger influence on the rapid increase in diabetes amongst developing nations, as well as where we can address these concerns in a productive way. Throughout the study it was determined that industrialization has a more powerful grip and control over developing countries, and as a preceding nature to urbanization, has a higher influence on the diabetes problem worldwide.


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