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Evaluation of Factors Influencing Diabetes Management Among Pregnant Women in Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 5-1, September 2015, Pages: 51-57
Received: Aug. 8, 2015; Accepted: Aug. 10, 2015; Published: Nov. 10, 2015
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Nwaokoro J. C., Department of Public Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Onwuliri V. A., Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Emerole C. O., Department of Public Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Ibe S. N. O., Department of Public Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Nwadike P. O., KNCV Nigeria/ Challenge TB Project, Abuja, Nigeria
Nwufo R. C., Department of Public Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Ebiriekwe S. C., Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Abuja, Nigeria
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Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by elevated blood glucose level (hyperglycaemia) resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action or both. Many pregnant women are at the risk of developing diabetes, however most may be unassuming. This study therefore, sought to determine the level of knowledge of diabetes management among pregnant women in Ahiazu, Mbaise. The study employed a descriptive study design to ascertain the level of knowledge of pregnant women in Ahiazu, Mbaise on the management of diabetes. A total of 220 respondents were assessed with the use of questionnaire between April and October, 2014 at Ahiazu, Mbaise L.G.A. The collected data were analyzed with descriptive statistics using the computer software called Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). Results revealed the knowledge level to be higher (54.5%) among pregnant women at the age range of 31-35 years. The educational status was seen to be higher (49.5%) among respondents in secondary level of education. Those with high blood pressure were 59.1% and those who have trace of family history of diabetes were found to be 76.4%. Generally, study subjects had good understanding of the factors that influence the management of diabetes. However, there should be more health education for people in the study area and beyond on the management of diabetes in order to reduce the mortality and morbidity rate of diabetes diseases.
Diabetes, Management, Pregnancy, Women
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Nwaokoro J. C., Onwuliri V. A., Emerole C. O., Ibe S. N. O., Nwadike P. O., Nwufo R. C., Ebiriekwe S. C., Evaluation of Factors Influencing Diabetes Management Among Pregnant Women in Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, Science Journal of Public Health. Special Issue: Who Is Afraid of the Microbes. Vol. 3, No. 5-1, 2015, pp. 51-57. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2015030501.20
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