Diabetes and food insecurity

“We found an association between food insecurity and less adherence to recommended diabetes self-care behaviors – specifically eating a healthy diet, eating consistent meals, engaging in physical activity and taking medications. Furthermore, our findings are consistent with previously reported associations between food insecurity and having worse glycaemic control among patients with Type 2 diabetes. These findings underscore the importance of food insecurity as a risk factor for glycaemic control in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Future work should use other measures of diabetes self-care behaviors than the ones used here to test whether self-care is a mechanism by which food insecurity contributes to poor glycaemic control. If food insecurity is proven to be causally related to suboptimal glycaemic control, it would represent an important potentially modifiable factor for patients with diabetes”. 


Diabetes and Health Communication

“Future evaluation of our program will provide additional knowledge and insight into the effects of improved provider communication on diabetes related outcomes. Overall, we have provided initial evidence that communication quality may be related to patient’s medication behaviors and overall satisfaction with care, supporting the role of effective health communication as a potentially key component of quality care for low income patients with diabetes”.

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Diabetes and the PRIDE Toolkit

“The PRIDE toolkit contains 30 low-literacy and low-numeracy diabetes education modules. Content was based on the AADE 7 Self Care Behavior Topics and ADA/AADE National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. The content and formatting of each module is literacy-sensitive, and all modules were translated into Spanish and culturally adapted for Hispanic/Latino patients with diabetes. The PRIDE toolkit builds on the DLNET tools by adding an emphasis on shared goal setting, addressing the needs of Spanish-speaking patients, and including information on a more comprehensive set of diabetes-related topics”.                                      

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  • Table 1 Reading Grade level and SAM Results for PRIDE Toolkit