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How Foods Affect Blood Sugar: A Guide for Somali Patients with Diabetes

Author(s): Jocelyn James, MD; Yetta Levine
Contributor(s): Karen Conger; Lisa Messerli; Anab Abdullahi; Ashwaq Mohamed; Mohamed Hashi
Date Authored: April 14, 2015
Funding for this education was provided by the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority.
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93 slides PDF. This presentation is intended to be used by clinicians when discussing carbohydrates and blood glucose with patients. It is culturally tailored to reflect foods commonly consumed by Somali Americans.

Background:
Harborview Medical Center (HMC) physician Dr. Carey Jackson identified a need for culturally-tailored visual references tools to use during conversations with diabetic patients about food choices.

Methods:
Dr. Jocelyn James and Yetta Levine at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, created this tool in consultation with Harborview registered dietitians Karen Conger and Lisa Messerli. Cultural guidance was provided by Somali caseworker / cultural mediator Anab Abdullahi and Somali interpreters Ashwaq Mohamed and Mohamed Hashi.