Glucose Tolerance: Hypothesis Testing on Malaysian Diabetic Community

Author(s): Syed Wasif Gillani, Yelly Oktavia Sari, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Mirza R. Baig

Journal Name: Current Diabetes Reviews

Volume 10 , Issue 5 , 2014

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Our study objective was to evaluate glucose tolerance and effecting factors among diabetes patients’ with home care program (PHCP) in Malaysian community. A 24-week longitudinal quasi-experimental -single blind - pre/post-test study design was used to assess the effectiveness of a diabetes education program to enhance self-care practices. An attrition rate of 25% implied longitudinal design of the study in the calculation of sample size. Hence the sample size of the study was 106 subjects (53 cases and 53 focus group). The level of significance was set at 0.05. Ethical clearance had been made prior to conducting this study. Of the 109 subjects who met the study-entry criteria, 3 subjects declined to participate due to lack of time and interest. No significant parameters were revealed in the demographic and clinical characteristics of participants who completed the study. Focus group showed significant reduction in HbA1c value with mean 1.1% as compared to cases with a mean 0.06%. Similarly, hypothesis on self-care management suggest significantly improved practices among focus group [M=2.94, SD=2.25] for case group M=0.47, SD=1.36; t[127.64]=-8.23, p≤0.001] with moderate effect size [eta squared=0.06]. Total physical activity was defined as the combination of non-leisure and leisure activities. There was a statistically significant difference for increase in total physical levels between the focus [M=14.01, SD=6.41] and case groups [13.21, SD=5.22; t[148.04]=-3.15, p=0.002] with no difference in the non-leisure activity [p=0.43]. As for the case group, there was no significant difference in SMBG practices from baseline [M=0.70, SD=1.35] to follow-up [M=0.47, SD=1.36, t[72]=0.97, P=0.34] and no relationship was found between the number of blood glucose tests done with demographic or clinical variables. This study offered improved self-care practices and physical activity after PHCP but with problematic dietary care. This might be due to social and cultural habits among Malaysian population.

Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, dietary intake, glycated haemoglobin, home care, physical activity, self-monitoring blood glucose.

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Year: 2014
Published on: 14 October, 2014
Page: [311 - 326]
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.2174/1573399810666141015095004
Price: $65

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