Diabetes in the African American Population: Improving Outcomes with Traditional Diets and Integrati

Diabetes in the African American Population: Improving Outcomes with Traditional Diets and Integrative Nutrition

Presented on: Thursday February 15th, 2018, 7pm CST

Diabetes not only affects African- American people in genetically or physiologically different ways, but African-Americans also cope with the disease within a particular cultural context. Their approach to diet and exercise, their eating habits, their relationships with caregivers, even their spirituality, behavior patterns and the type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is unique-and all of that has an impact on how they approach their disease diagnosis and manage their health.

As the incidence of diabetes in the African American population continues to grow and data emerge to support medicinal benefits of traditional ethnic foods, it's important for dietitians to increase their knowledge of cultural foods and eating patterns. 

Credits: 1 CPEU pending, Level 2 CEU Codes: 5190, 5420, 4040, 8015


Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN


1) Recognize diabetes prevalence, trends, and risk in the African American population.

2) Identify the food choices, taste and preferences of people of African heritage - Africa, Caribbean and West Indies.

3) Understand the use of CAM in African Americans

4) Identify culturally appropriate strategies useful in helping to motivate behavior change in people of African heritage.

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