Århus: Diabetes school

A school educating about diabetes, food and exercise has been offered to 31 Turkish and Arab mean and women from Gellerup in Århus, who had taken part in a project teach about diabetes. Aaruhus University and Region Midtjylland, evaluate the project in a report. In the project ethnic minorities were taught about preventing and dealing with diabetes.

The school has shown itself to be a success. The patients were educated in gender-segregated groups, which they commended. Many patients already knew that food and drink were important for diabetes. What surprised them was that exercise was also important for regulating diabetes.

The school will now be a permanent offering for citizens of Arab and Turkish background, and doctors in hospitals can send their patients to get educated about diabetes.

Inge Wittrup, health consultant, says that the main conclusion of the participants was that it's difficult to live with diabetes and that they need local support, direction and more knowledge. They therefore hope to be able to use their experience from the diabetes-school to develop a special-purpose offering, and are glad with the municipality's decision with the new health center.

Source: DR (Danish)

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