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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Family Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Laura Witte

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to understand the barriers that influence the treatment of diabetes in the Hispanic population.

Method: A literature search from PubMed was performed with search terms Hispanics; Immigrants; Ethic Minorities; prevalence; barriers; treatment; prevention; diabetes; obesity. Twelve relevant articles were retrieved and served as the source for this clinical review.

Results: It is evident that genetic disposition, language barriers, destructive lifestyle and cultural practices, socio-economic disadvantage, poor medication adherence and health illiteracy are obstacles that cause the prevalence of diabetes and impede sufficient management of the disease in the Hispanic Population.

Conclusion: Despite the current medical interventions that help control diabetes, many Hispanics succumb to the disease. The inability to manage the illness amongst members of the communities emanates from barriers that influence its treatment. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate and comprehend healthcare provision challenges and resolve them to provide holistic care to the population.

Keywords: Hispanics; Immigrants; Ethic Minorities; prevalence; barriers; treatment; prevention; diabetes; Obesity.

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