Delivering grassroots diabetes education in the South Asian Community

People of South Asian ethnic origin are three to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to the Caucasian population, and the prevalence of the disease is increasing. South Asian people with type 2 diabetes have a more rapid rate of progression through pre-diabetes to diabetes, develop type 2 diabetes at a younger age and are more likely to develop complications. They also tend to have poorer knowledge and awareness of type 2 diabetes compared with their Caucasian counterparts. Culturally tailored education has been shown to be effective in promoting empowerment. This article covers how healthcare professionals can successfully deliver culturally tailored education at the grassroots level to help tackle health inequalities.