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Sociocultural factors and perceptions associated with type 2 diabetes among sub-Saharan African migrants in Melbourne, Victoria

Issaka, Ayuba, Lamaro, Greer and Renzaho, Andre 2016, Sociocultural factors and perceptions associated with type 2 diabetes among sub-Saharan African migrants in Melbourne, Victoria, Nutrition & dietetics, vol. 73, no. 1, pp. 28-35, doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12167.

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Title Sociocultural factors and perceptions associated with type 2 diabetes among sub-Saharan African migrants in Melbourne, Victoria
Author(s) Issaka, Ayuba
Lamaro, Greer
Renzaho, Andre
Journal name Nutrition & dietetics
Volume number 73
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 35
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-02
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Summary Aim: To explore how non-diabetic sub-Saharan African migrants residing in Melbourne, construct and interpret type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and its risk factors and to provide an evidence-based theoretical framework to inform community-based prevention programs. Methods: Seven focus group discussions (two with women only, two with men only and three of mixed gender) were carried out among Ghanaian, Zimbabwean, Sudanese and Burundian migrants living in Melbourne (n = 61; age range: 18 to 61 years). Results: Three distinct themes emerged: not paying much attention to the threat of T2DM and othering; T2DM being outside the individuals' control; and entrapment within rich industrialised culture and lifestyle. Participants perceived T2DM to be a disease of the wealthy caused by intake of too much sugar and sedentary behaviour, which were particularly compounded by lifestyle-related changes upon migration to an industrialised country. However, they also perceived T2DM to be associated with bad luck. Conclusions: Culturally competent prevention and education programs are needed to increase health literacy and dispel religious and cultural myths about T2DM among sub-Saharan African migrants.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12167
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Dietitians Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080718

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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