African American women and diabetes: A sociocultural context

Shireen S. Rajaram, Valerie Vinson

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Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death among African American women. One in four black women (23.4 percent) older than age 55 has diabetes. In evaluating the experience of black women with diabetes, an understanding of their social context is essential. Resulting from historical and sociocultural factors, black women have relatively lower income and education levels and consequently, poorer health and restricted access to quality health care. In a sense, being black, female, elderly, and chronically ill places this group in quadruple jeopardy. Tackling the problem of diabetes among African American women is a public health priority and requires a multilevel approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-247
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1998


  • African American
  • Diabetes
  • Elderly
  • Obesity
  • Sociocultural factors
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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