Culturally Tailored Lifestyle Program Improves Health of Hispanic Americans with Diabetes
Heritage is a powerful motivator for change, as healthy habits are most sustainable when they are culturally relevant, with the support of friends and family. In this study, researchers recruited 36 adults with diabetes and their families to an 8-week culturally tailored diabetes education program (which integrated cultural foods, beliefs, and values) taught in Spanish. One month after the program ended, the participants showed signiﬁcant improvements in systolic blood pressure (the top number in your blood pressure reading), fruit and vegetable intake, diabetes knowledge, and dietary management. Their family members also beneﬁted from the program, with signiﬁcant improvements in BMI and diabetes knowledge.
The Diabetes Educator. 2016 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print.] (Hu J et al.)