Factors associated with diabetes management in low-income female caregivers
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Low-income female caregivers disproportionately experience higher rates of food insecurity and type 2 diabetes. This feasibility study aims to understand the status of and factors associated with diabetes management in low-income female caregivers while establishing a partnership with a community organization serving low-income populations. Key factors considered in this study include food insecurity, diet quality, caregiving burden, and diabetes-related emotional distress. This was a cross-sectional study of in-person interviews and medical record reviews. Four women participated and reported overall poor adherence to recommended diet and exercise, and poor mental health. One of the four women had poor glycemic control, and experienced lower food security, poorer diet adherence and poorer mental health than others. This study encountered many barriers in recruitment. It is recommended that future studies utilize multiple avenues for recruitment and partner with multiple community organization. This study lays the groundwork for future studies that target this hard-to-reach population.