Background: Diabetes mellitus is a serious chronic condition affecting millions of people globally. The
focus of our future health care providers should not lie primarily on increasing the “quantity” of life but
also on improving the quality of life of the patient. There has been found to be serious lack of awareness
and adherence regarding self‐care for Diabetes in countries like India.
Objectives: To determine the
Quality of life and self‐care behavior among people living with diabetes
Methods: A cross‐sectional study
was carried out among 190 of all patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type II of duration of one year
and more who came to Government Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore. The quality of life was assessed using
the WHO BREF questionnaire. Data was entered and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences.
Results: Amongst 190 participants, 151 (79.5%) of them had a good physical and psychological QOL. In
social relationship and environmental health domain good quality of life was observed among 81.6%
(n=155) and 89.5% (n=170) of study participants respectively. It was noted that out of 190 people with
Diabetes only 24 (12.6%) participants inspected their feet daily.
Conclusion: The Quality of Life was found
to be good amongst majority of the study participants. Results of the study point that majority of the
patients enjoy a good quality of life but also reinstate the importance of self‐care activities for betterment