Barbershops are places of trust in African American communities, which makes them good spots to screen for diabetes. At eight Brooklyn barbershops, researchers asked black men if they would be willing to be tested for the condition. Of the 290 who didn’t already have diagnosed diabetes, 9 percent were found to have an A1C in the diabetes range (an A1C of 6.5 percent or higher), and 28 percent had A1Cs in the prediabetes range (an A1C of 5.7 to 6.4 percent). The barbers played an important role: Some customers who initially declined the test agreed after their barber encouraged them. African Americans have a high risk for diabetes, though their diagnoses are often delayed. The researchers hope such programs will be adopted in other black communities to spot undiagnosed diabetes.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online Jan. 27, 2020