A group of professional women in suits has gathered to talk about the epidemic-level threat of diabetes in their communities. Nearly a third of all Americans are at risk – over 100 million Americans today have some form of glucose (sugar) intolerance: Diabetes Mellitus (about 25 million) or Prediabetes (several estimates place the number at over 80 million). The intervention consisted of 4 low-fat dietary education classes, 6 discussion groups, and follow-up. They have amputations as a result of diabetic complications at two to four times the rate of whites. Thanks to the discovery of insulin and advances in medical research, people with diabetes today live longer, fuller lives. Research indicates African-Americans have inherited a gene from their ancestors, which may make weight control difficult. Diabetic eye disease is one of the leading causes of vision loss in people ages 20-70 years.
Despite similar class size, participants in the intervention group (74.5%; n = 41