Culturally Specific Diabetes Management Helps Low-Income Patients
Diabetes case management that takes a patient's specific culture into consideration can help increase life expectancy and decrease the incidence of diabetes-related complications over the patient's lifetime, a new study finds.
"Better management results in reduced long-term complications, such as blindness, stroke, amputation and nerve damage," said lead researcher Todd Gilmer, Ph.D.
The research focused on 3,893 people with diabetes who participated in San Diego's Project Dulce, which set out to meet American Diabetes Association standards of care. The target population was primarily low-income, underinsured Latino people.
Study participants showed "clinically significant improvements in A1c, blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein and triglycerides," said Gilmer, an associate professor in the department of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego.