Sunday, November 10, 2013

African Americans Less Likely to Adhere to Medication for Type 2 Diabetes

We already know that African Americans have higher rates of type 2 diabetes and the accompanying complications, and researchers at Ohio State University reveal that this group is less likely to adhere to their medication schedule. 

They looked at almost 2,700 individuals with type 2 diabetes and learned that medication adherence was 12% down among African Americans.

Data was gathered from people on one of three medications for type 2 diabetes – thiazolidinedione, sulfonylurea or metformin

They looked at whether a person had refilled their prescription as a guide to medication adherence. The African American participants took their medication as prescribed 54% of the time, compared to the white participants who took it 59% of the time. Of the drugs, metformin was the one with the poorest medication adherence. 

Clearly more needs to be done to explain the importance of taking medication to all people who have type 2 diabetes, so they can avoid complications of the disease.

Source: Tele-Management - Ethnic origin is a factor in medication adherence for type 2 diabetes

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