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Beliefs, family play role in diabetes management of South Asians in UK

Beliefs, family play role in diabetes management of South Asians in UK
May 29, 2015

Clinicians treating South Asian adults with diabetes must account for their family support system and cultural beliefs, both of which may influence the way patients manage their disease, according to research in BMC Family Practice.

In a mixed methods study of South Asian adults with diabetes living in the United Kingdom, researchers found that many patients, particularly first-generation immigrants, held fatalistic beliefs about the disease, had to rely on their English-speaking children to help them research the condition, or relied on incorrect information about herbal remedies or proper foods to eat.

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