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In co-operations with a UN camp through personal connections, Friendship Beyond Borders will be launching a Childhood Diabetes prevention program with a scientific study, to help the young generation of Arab refugees with the massive diabetes crisis, plaguing the middle east. They will do this through re-education, funding healthy foods to be sent, and providing a vigorous exercise program. It has been a recent discovery that the refugees in the UN camp have been slowly growing into an unhealthy lifestyle. The main patterns/problems: Starting smoking at an extremely young age, and high blood sugar.


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A little bit about study

It is common to see death at 40 years old because of these lifestyle decisions. So that is why Friendship Beyond Borders will be launching this scientific research study in order to help this underserved population. The Founder of the organization, Won Cho, has decided to personally launch this study. With the help of Doctor Ben Palmer, a Johns Hopkins Alumni, who has worked at the pentagon for vaccine distribution for the army during the Covid-19 pandemic to undergo this study. Friendship Beyond Borders has launched this Medical research study, to resolve the diabetes endemic plaguing the middle east. Although our initial monitored data display low symptoms of diabetes in children through borderline or normal blood sugar, data from the scientific research community display an exponential increase of diabetes-affected refugees in adulthood compared to childhood rates. It can be inferred that the unhealthy lifestyle decisions of these refugees are catching up to refugee children once they cross into adulthood. This can be supported by both observations made from our UN camp worker aids and the refugee families that are participating in our research, as they speak of unhealthy diets, lifestyle decisions, and sedentary lives. So, our goal is to use the refugee children that have high blood sugar as an indicator to see the progression and the effectiveness of our method. If we do not implement any measures to change the health in refugees, they will inevitably develop diabetes. Through the implementation of our research method of re-education, diet, and exercise, we will be able to establish healthy lifestyle changes that will last and prevent diabetes to a large extent when they start aging into adulthood.


Data collection

Blood sugar data from the older and younger generation of refugees will be compared to analyze the scale of the blood sugar problem in this specific refugee camp. Then, we will implement our scientific research method. Blood sugar will be monitored and analyzed throughout the entire study to identify any progression. After 3 months of the implemented method, re-assess the method and analyze the final data.

Re-education

In this study, we strongly believe that education is a huge part of an unhealthy lifestyle. We believe that huge emphasis on understanding what is wrong and why it is wrong, will produce the most change. That is why we have personally created a diabetes education curriculum which covers everything from how diabetes works to making the correct lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes.


Dietary Change

The study's dietary changes largely come from their own lifestyle habits. This is why we emphasize education so much. As funding food can do only so much. The main change we will try to encourage is lowering their immense dependence on sugar. The refugee diet consists of extreme amounts of sugar which inevitably spikes their blood sugar and threatens their health to chronic diseases. So, our researchers will encourage alternatives to sugars and replacements in diet to help this extreme issue.

Physical Exercise

Physical exercise is a key lifestyle change we would like to encourage. Since the subjects are children, we are providing a martial arts exercise plan. This will encourage creative, strenuous and enjoyable exercise for the refugee children. But, we also emphasize the importance of exercise to make a change in lifestyle habits.

Our work

Donation

All donations will go to funding our scientific research. This includes blood sugar testers, sugar replacements, and health center rent. All to last an extended period of time.