Important aspects of care for people with type II diabetes

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Gugins, Sandra
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2004
Type II diabetes is a chronic disease that impacts millions of people in North America and around the world. Research has shown the relationship between diabetes management and aspects of care, including food choices, physical activity, stress reduction, medications, family and social support, and health care provider follow up. This project examines how important these aspects of care are to clients with Type II diabetes and their disease management. The completed mail in surveys indicated that clients rated food choices, follow-up with their physician, and medications among the most important aspects of care. Stress reduction and supportive friends received the lowest rating of importance. Variables including area of residence, sex, age, number of years with diabetes, insulin use, and oral medication use were used to further examine the responses. All aspects of care were rated higher by female respondents. Means for stress reduction and supportive friends varied the most between the genders. As the number of years with diabetes increased, so did the rating of importance of medications and followup with health care providers. Supportive family, supportive friends and follow-up with the physician all showed a pattern of being rated high for participants with diabetes less than one year. These ratings dropped for participants having diabetes between two and ten years but increased again for participants having diabetes over 11 years. Participants also listed other areas important to managing their diabetes. Checking and monitoring blood sugars and receiving additional information on diabetes were the most common responses given. Suggestions for further research and current practice are included.
vi, 45 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Diabetes , Diabetics -- Health and hygiene , Diabetics -- Care