Adult Hispanic/Latinos experience more health complications from uncontrolled diabetes than other groups. In response, diabetes self-management education programs have been created to improve health in Hispanic/Latinos with type 2 diabetes. These programs include cultural aspects. Researchers from California recently reviewed all of the evidence and found that, overall, participating in these types of education programs is beneficial. However, blood sugar levels only decreased by a little bit as HbA1c dropped by .24%. Of course this does not take into consideration other benefits such as less stress, peer support, confidence and sharing experiences, but HbA1c is an important marker for risk of complications from diabetes. The researchers also found a lot of differences between education programs. More needs to be done for the Hispanic/Latino community to identify what does and does not work to help Hispanic/Latino people achieve even better diabetes control.
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