Peer Mentoring Helped African American Diabetics

Tue, 20 Mar 2012
Diabetic peers who have got their blood glucose levels under control helped other African-American diabetics to lower their own blood glucose levels, researchers discovered.

A six month study of African American diabetics found that a peer mentoring programme reduced their HbA1c levels more than those on the normal diabetes treatment programme or those who received financial incentive.

Participants in the peer mentor group lowered their HbA1c levels by nearly one per cent in comparison to the control group.

On the other hand, participants in the financial incentive group experienced their levels dropping by just 0.5% compared to the control group.

Diabetes is more common and more severe amongst African Americans, which makes them an important target for specific blood glucose control programs, the researchers said.

Furthermore, changes in lifestyle and diet can be very helpful for successful HbA1c lowering.

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