NUTRITION COUNSELING ON THE ESSENCE OF MANAGEMENT OF DIABETIC OUT-PATIENTS IN ONDO WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Diabetics, regimen, out-patients, diabetes management
Diabetes Mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as a disorder of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism that results in high blood glucose, which if uncontrolled can lead to long-term vascular damage and dysfunction. This research was carried out to examine the management of out-patient diabetics in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State. Descriptive survey design was adopted with a total sample of one hundred and fifty (150) diabetics and thirty (30) medical practitioners in Ondo West Local Government Area. The research instrument was a structured close-ended questionnaire on the patients’ attitudes to management procedure of diabetes mellitus and management techniques used by medical practitioners. Data collected were analysed descriptively. Findings revealed that the attitude of patients determine the success in the effective management of diabetes. Nutrition advice on the kinds of food to eat to control the health challenges and prevent negative effects of prolonged treatment of the disease was discussed. It was recommended that patients of diabetes mellitus should increase the rate of compliance to dietary regimen. Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar level concentration to avoid the risk of diabetic complications. Government was advised to subsidize the cost of drugs and make them readily available and within reach so as to reduce non-compliance with diabetes regimen.