Background: Diabetes mellitus type 1 leads to various complications which make diabetic patients anxious. In this study, anxieties of 11 diabetic patients who could take their blood sugar under control were investigated and solutions were suggested and done.
Patients and methods: Eleven patients with diabetes mellitus type 1 listed their anxieties and ranked them in matris. The most important anxiety of these patients was blood sugar level changes after each meal. The practical and available solution for decreasing this anxiety was awareness of blood sugar level after meals. This solution was suggested by the patients themselves. For this purpose, the amount of calorie of meals and blood sugar level after 30 to 60 min after each meal were measured by the patients for 1 month.
Results: Interventions resulted in decrease of anxiety about blood sugar changes after meals. In the end, nine patients declared that their anxiety was decreased.
Conclusion: Awareness and knowledge are the main factors for decreasing anxieties and participation of diabetic patients in solving their problems can improve their lifestyle.
03 - 07 May 2008
European Society of Endocrinology