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Blood sugar and depression in Africans

If you have diabetes you will already be familiar with the HbA1c test.

HbA1c (hemoglobin A1c) is a vital indicator of how well a person is controlling their blood sugar over the long-term (the past two to three months).

A very high HbA1c level can significantly increase the likelihood of long-term diabetes complications, such as heart disease and stroke.

A high HbA1c may also be associated with mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

Starting in May 2021 we will be launching a new evidence-based lecture series on YouTube discussing the importance of HbA1c specifically in people of African descent. We will examine scientific data to help Africans better identify positive aspects of their own culture that can help them better manage diabetes

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The HbA1c series will begin with a video examining depression. In the UK and other Western countries depression is a common psychiatric disorder in people diagnosed with diabetes. However, it is not clear to what extent this applies to people of African descent.

Many Africans enjoy a wide network of extended family and friends which can help them cope better with the mental health challenges of diabetes.

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