Lived Experiences of African American Men with Type 2 Diabetes Living in Rural Areas.

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Dr. Carolyn Sipes


African American (AA) men with diabetes who live in U.S. rural areas are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes. This study aimed to explore the lived experience of AA men with type 2 diabetes. Pender’s health promotion theory formed the theoretical foundation. The demographic targeted for this research was AA men between 55 and 80 years old. Data were collected through semistructured interviews with six participants determined through purposeful sampling. The recruitment was done through churches and social media. Data analysis was conducted via NVivo, facilitating thematic analysis of emerging patterns in the collected responses. The research unveiled diverse experiences among individuals with type 2 diabetes. Participants emphasized dietary adjustments, health care visit challenges, and insurance access as critical aspects. Positive and negative health care encounters highlighted the need for patient-centered care. Furthermore, participants advocated for change, including universal health care, affordable medications, and enhanced long-term diabetes management. Future studies should explore AA men’s experiences with type 2 diabetes using more significant and diverse samples. The findings can help advocate for policy changes to promote more equitable access to care and improved diabetes management, ultimately working to enact positive social change.

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