The Diabetes and Me project was initiated in 2011 as Diabetes Scotland’s commitment to supporting people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups live well with diabetes. Its aim is to support and empower people from South Asian communities living in Glasgow to participate in the self-management of their diabetes and associated long-term conditions. The team has provided guided self-management support to 120 community members, working in groups at community venues and reached over 3,000 people at 40 community events and gatherings with key information in different languages.
People of South Asian origin in the UK are up to six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. They can develop it when 10 years younger than members of the white population, and are at higher risk of developing diabetes-related complications.
Did Not Attend (DNA) rates are significantly higher among this population due to a wide variety of issues surrounding access to information and services. Barriers include language, misconceptions about diabetes and poor knowledge of treatments.
This project was the first of its kind for Diabetes Scotland, initially engaging with people over the age of 45 living in Glasgow. This group has a high prevalence of diabetes, and includes many carers for diabetes patients.
In 2012 and 2013 the project worked towards several outcomes. It hoped to learn how South Asian communities relate to the concept of self-management, to understand how to support the target group in its self-management, and to increase the availability of resources.
The project also aimed to help improve the target group’s understanding of diabetes and how to look after themselves on a daily basis. Other goals included increasing trust within the communities for the work of Diabetes UK Scotland, improving the charity’s ability to support people from South Asian communities living with diabetes, and building partnerships with relevant public and voluntary organisations to deliver joint health promotion and prevention activities.
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