Management of diabetes in South Asian communities in the UK

Nurs Stand. 2006 Mar 1-7;20(25):57-64; quiz 66. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.03.20.25.57.c4084.

Abstract

This article discusses some of the specific challenges related to the management of diabetes in patients of South Asian origin. Communicating information that considers cultural, religious and language differences is important to promote effective self-management. The South Asian population in the UK is at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and cultural practices such as fasting if not managed properly can lead to deterioration in their condition. The use of appropriate information and educators with Asian language skills and an understanding of the local population's culture are important to improve self-management of diabetes in these patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Communication Barriers
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2* / ethnology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2* / nursing
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2* / prevention & control
  • Fasting
  • Feeding Behavior / ethnology
  • Hinduism / psychology
  • Humans
  • India / ethnology
  • Islam / psychology
  • Life Style / ethnology
  • Metabolic Syndrome / complications
  • Multilingualism
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nutritional Sciences / education
  • Pakistan / ethnology
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Phytotherapy
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Transcultural Nursing / organization & administration*
  • United Kingdom