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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Monday, March 13, 2006

Health Tidbit for People of Color

I stumbled across the Negrophile blog and read a little snippet about African Americans being less likely [than caucasians I suppose] to receive the flu vaccine. It reminded me of something I stumbled upon while doing some internet research on African Americans and diabetes.

Diabetes is epidemic among hispanics, native americans, and blacks. And apparently, all of those groups have a high likelihood of having a related condition known as insulin resistance. Research has shown that diabetics with insulin resistance ought to be taking both insulin and oral medications to control their blood sugar.

I was first tipped off to do the research when I began to notice that among the 20 some diabetics at my facility, the people of color seemed to have the most wildly fluctuating blood sugars. Hence my online research project.

Unfortunately, precious little seems to have been published. I have convinced one of the doctors to add the oral meds for a couple of my patients with good results. But I'm not getting the response from the docs that I would like.

If anyone out there in BlogLand knows of any good research on this subject, I would be very grateful to have it forwarded to me.

In the meantime, if you are diabetic and a person of color who is having trouble with control, please discuss this with your physician.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger TW said...

diabetes.org has a good bit of info, as does eatright.org (in the ADA Journal) Surprisingly perhaps, NIDDK has some nice info and it has been better organized of late. Yell if you can't find what you are looking for. I am drowning in links, pdfs, and more on this.

9:04 AM PST  
Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Just curious, type I or II?

7:24 PM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

Thank you so much TW! I will check those sites :o)

Nelle, as in which type is more endemic in those populations? I'm not sure what the research says but I do know that we are having a literal epidemic of children, teens, and young adults being diagnosed with Type II. It used to be that Type II DM was virtually unheard of in people under 35 or 40.

If you refer to which can be insulin resistant? I believe that would be both.

9:18 PM PST  

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