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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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FORTMANN, Addie L.; GALLO, Linda C.; WALKER, Chris  and  PHILIS-TSIMIKAS, Athena. Support for disease management, depression, self-care, and clinical indicators among Hispanics with type 2 diabetes in San Diego County, United States of America. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2010, vol.28, n.3, pp. 230-234. ISSN 1020-4989.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892010000900014.

This study used a social-ecological framework to examine predictors of depression, diabetes self-management, and clinical indicators of health risk among Hispanics with type 2 diabetes residing in the United States (U.S.)-Mexico border region in San Diego County, California, United States of America. Important links were observed between greater social-environmental support for disease management and less depression, better diabetes self-management, and lower body mass index and serum triglyceride concentrations. Less depressive symptomatology was also related to lower hemoglobin A1c levels. Findings suggest that programs aiming to improve diabetes self-management and health outcomes in Hispanics with type 2 diabetes should consider multilevel, social, and environmental influences on health, behavior, and emotional well-being.

Keywords : Hispanic Americans; border health; diabetes mellitus, type 2; disease management; depression.

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