Minority women may benefit from intensive, culturally sensitive interventions

Around the world, especially in developed countries, women of color are often those with heaviest burden of obesity and diabetes.

In a recent study of Arab women in Israel, an intensive intervention lowered their blood sugar, triglycerides, and chances of having metabolic syndrome.

…obese, nondiabetic women aged 35 to 54 years with 1 or more components of the metabolic syndrome were randomized to either an intensive (n = 100) or a moderate (control) (n = 101) 12-month lifestyle intervention.
Women in the intensive intervention had 11 individual and 11 group counseling sessions per year with a dietitian and 22 physical activity group sessions per year.
Women in the moderate intervention had 3 individual and 2 group dietary counseling sessions per year and no guided physical activity.
Cultural issues were addressed in the design and conduct of both interventions.
The women in the successful intervention group averaged a session almost once a week!

It takes time to be healthy.

Security “ladyguards” Dawlat Alamein (C) Sofie Mohammed (L) and Basma Abdel Menim (R) exercise at a gym in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. (AFP Photo)

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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