What is it about?

To describe how people of African descent living in high-income countries perceive and understand type 2 diabetes, and to examine the impact of their perceptions and beliefs on the uptake of diet, exercise, weight control and adherence to recommended medications.

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Why is it important?

The review highlights the need to consider people of African descents' beliefs and practices to structure culturally sensitive programmes for their diabetes management. Our findings show that the high rate of type 2 diabetes and the subsequent rise of diabetes rated complications among this population could be as a result of poor diabetes knowledge and understanding as well as due to erroneous beliefs and behaviours about diet, exercise, weight and healthcare use.


I wondered why there are many programmes, interventions and treatments for effective type 2 diabetes prevention/management in high-income countries, yet type 2 diabetes and its complications for people of African descent living in these countries continues to rise. This study helps to uncover some of the reasons behind this problem. My hope is that the healthcare practitioners (especially nurses, doctors and dietitians), policy makers and stakeholders will consider the findings of this study when making decisions about diabetes health of people of African descent living in high-income countries.

Love Onuorah
Staffordshire University

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This page is a summary of: Systematic review: Perceptions of type 2 diabetes of people of African descent living in high‐income countries, Journal of Advanced Nursing, April 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jan.15266.
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