Information for diabetes educators about diabetes in the Somali refugee community, featuring information about religion, traditional diet and cultural beliefs, recommendations for providers and links to patient education resources.
December 18, 2015 · Article
A concise guide from WellShare International about having the conversation of diabetes with Somali patients. Topics include Somali cultural foods and how to adapt them to be healthier, suggested questions to ask patients about their diets, and some cultural and medical information that providers should know.
June 21, 2013 · PDF
Pre-cut waist ribbons can be used by health educators at public settings such as health fairs, clinics and gyms to help people self-screen for risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
November 1, 2010 · Article
Article addressing some of the unique cultural factors in the Eritrean and Ethiopian immigrant communities of Seattle that impact diabetes self-management.
June 1, 2010 · Article
Information about fasting practices, and recommendations for providers caring for diabetic patients during times of fasting. Includes recommendations related to medication management.
January 1, 2010 · Article
This article discusses the lay and medical terms used for hypertension in Somali language and their influence on patients’ understanding of the disease.
September 1, 2008 · Article
Information about how diabetes is understood and managed by participants in a diabetes education class at Harborview Medical Center.
February 1, 2006 · Article
An article about an effort to develop and translate culturally appropriate educational diabetes materials, and educate a diverse population.
June 1, 2002 · Article
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The International Diabetes Federation and the Diabetes and Ramadan (DAR) International Alliance have collaborated to deliver a comprehensive guide on ensuring optical care for people with diabetes who are fasting during Ramadan.
This 2010 article by Jean Claude N Mbanya et al., in the journal The Lancet presents an overview of the effect of diabetes and the health-care challenges encountered in sub-Saharan Africa. (Restricted Access)
2006 Article by Leslie O. Schulz et al., in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care journal provides evidence that changes in lifestyle associated with Westernization play a major role in the global epidemic of type 2 diabetes.
2012 Article by Annet F.M. van Abeelen et al., in the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes about the association between self-reported moderate and severe undernutrition during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood and the risk of type 2 diabetes in adult life.
The purpose of this article is to evaluate new data that has emerged since the publication of the original 2005 article, and refine recommendations.
Fasting is quite common among Muslims with diabetes. A group of endocrinologists and diabetologists from a number of Muslim and non-Muslim countries proposed this set of recommendations to invite an open dialogue on the topic, offer a set of medical opinions and suggestions, and identify topics of research needed to answer important medical questions regarding fasting during Ramadan.