This research is to develop and evaluate a culturally-tailored healthy eating and active lifestyle programme for diabetes, specifically for the African and Caribbean community.
WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING CARRIED OUT
In the UK people of African or Caribbean descent are at increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Programmes involving healthy eating and physical activity are important to help people manage their illness, however they need to be responsive to an individual’s lifestyle and culture to be most effective.
PHASE 1: DESIGNING THE PROGRAMME WITH THE COMMUNITY
The first phase, to design the programme is being carried out in partnership with African and Caribbean Type 2 Diabetes patients, the Heathcare Professionals that support them and Community and Faith Leaders.
PHASE 2: EVALUATING THE BENEFIT FOR DIABETES PATIENTS
The second phase will evaluate this programme in a feasibility study with diabetes patients from African and Caribbean Communities.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY
We are designing the HEAL-D programme in partnership with African and Caribbean Type 2 Diabetes patients, their Healthcare providers and Community and Church Leaders. We will work with patients to understand their experience of managing their diet and lifestyle to support their health and to design an programme of advice and education that is tailored to the preferences and habits of African and Caribbean communities.
The HEAL-D study is now complete and we are in the process of analysing our data.