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J Diabetes Res. 2017;2017:4736176. doi: 10.1155/2017/4736176. Epub 2017 Nov 12.

Perceptions of Dietary Habits and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes among Congolese Immigrants.

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1
Department of Public Health, University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Florida, 114 Psychology Building, P.O. Box 112250, Gainesville, FL 32611-2250, USA.
3
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 110 Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth St., Champaign, IL 61820, USA.
4
Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University, Salus Center, 3545 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103, USA.

Abstract

Objective:

To explore the perceptions of dietary habits and type 2 diabetes risk among Congolese immigrants living in the US.

Methods:

Data were collected from 20 in-depth interviews and photo-elicitation techniques conducted with Congolese immigrants. The PEN-3 cultural model was used as a guide to analyze the data collected.

Results:

Participants identified positive, existential, and negative perceptions, enablers, and nurturers associated with dietary habits and type 2 diabetes risk. Participants also acknowledged intrinsic cultural ways of understanding and interpreting the interaction between dietary habits and type 2 diabetes risk among the Congolese people which may influence their health-seeking practices.

Conclusions:

The findings underscore the importance of culture and how sociocultural factors may play a role with designing culturally appropriate interventions aimed at addressing the risk for type 2 diabetes among Congolese immigrants in the US.

PMID:
29259994
PMCID:
PMC5702411
DOI:
10.1155/2017/4736176
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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