Duff, Edith M.; O'Connor, A.; McFarlane-Anderson, Norma; Wint, Yvonne B.; Bailey, Ellen Y.; Wright-Pascoe, Rosemarie A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
UWI School of Nursing
Nutritional Status, Self-Care Practices and Glycaemic Control in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Supl. 6
Objective: To determine the nutritional status and self-care practices in relation to glycaemic control in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) attending the Specialist Diabetes Clinic (SDC), University Hopsital of the West Indies (UHWI). Methods: A pre-tested interview schedule was administered to 98 women and 35 men, randomly selected from population (n = 510) of patients with diabetes mellitus attending the SDC, UHWI. Waist circumferences (WC), heights and weights were measured. HbA1c was used as the index of glucose control. Self-care practice scores indicated the extent of compliance with appropriate lifestyle practices. Respondents were asked to recall their usual 24 hour dietary intake, the quantity of sugar added to food and beverages and their intake, the quantity of sugar added to food and beverages and their intake of packaged soft drinks. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 7.5.....