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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-48

Diabetes knowledge among self reported diabetic female teachers: Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

1 School Health Services, Al-Khobar, Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia
2 College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Nada A Abahussain
P.O. Box 2211, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23012071

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Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the general knowledge of diabetes among female diabetic school teachers in Al-Khobar, Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Methods : A total of 91 female diabetic school teachers were interviewed in the School Health Clinic in Al-Khobar using a structured questionnaire. Their weight and height were measured and BMI was calculated. Results : The results showed that understanding of diabetes was inadequate. Knowledge about symptoms of hypoglycemia was low. One-fourth (25%) of the sample of this study was using certain herbs for the treatment or management of diabetes mellitus. About three- fourths were overweight and obese. The results showed a deficiency of knowledge on the general aspects of diabetes mellitus. An appropriate educational material was prepared in the form leaflets, lectures and workshops. Conclusion : This paper concludes that awareness and education about diabetes are needed urgently among the studied sample.

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