Diabetes: Need For Tailored Nutrition Education For Hispanic Women With Or At Risk Of Diabetes


A recent study from Rutgers, published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, shows that Hispanics have a two-fold risk over whites in developing type 2 diabetes due to poor nutrition.

Of the 200 Hispanic women involved in the study (most were of Puerto Rican decent) who were asked questions about their nutrition knowledge and understanding of type 2 diabetes,  an alarming 50% had already developed type 2 diabetes and most had never seen a registered dietitian or diabetes health educator.

“The current findings suggest a need for nutrition education interventions in the study population. Moving beyond just preferring regular sugar vs. artificial sweeteners seems to be an obvious educational need. Saturated fat, fiber and daily food group intake recommendations need to be included in the educational interventions because these were among the topics that were least known to the participants.”

Cultural barriers, lack of access or awareness of available health services and health care expense are the primary obstacles for minority group, notes Rutgers researcher Nargul Fitzgerald.

“We don’t have enough services, we don’t have enough certified diabetes educators or nutritionists who can speak the language or who are culturally competent enough to work with [Hispanics],” adds Fitzgerald.

Other research has also demonstrated that Hispanics have a harder time controlling their type 2 diabetes. Read: Hispanics Have More Difficulty Controlling Type 2 Diabetes/Diabetes Than Non Hispanic Whites.

2 responses to “Diabetes: Need For Tailored Nutrition Education For Hispanic Women With Or At Risk Of Diabetes”

  1. Sara says:

    Hey! Good post. I’m always wondering how much broad socioeconomic/cultural factors affect our ability to maintain healthy weight.

    I was wondering, though, if appetite suppressants should be used to counter the great availability of food that has suddenly been made in just the past 50 years or so in human history. I’ve been looking into all-natural suppressants.

    It doesn’t have any caffeine or stimulants, so it looks ok. I don’t know. What do you think?

  2. Weight Loss says:

    Knowledge of effective weight management is critical. There are two critical elements of weight loss success in my opinion. 1. Diet and exercise knowledge and 2. implementation of that knowledge.

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