This paper documents statistically the relationship between diabetes knowledge, diabetes perceptions and diabetes management behaviour among a sample population of Igala (Nigeria) respondents. The qualitative data reveals that there are misconceptions among the respondents that diabetes is caused by such things as excessive consumption of refined sugar and evil spirits. The data also reports that respondents believe the diabetes is curable using local herbs from competent herbalists. This study concludes that for the population studied, health care providers and other related bodies involved in promoting better diabetes management should target improving diabetes knowledge and perceptions of those living with the condition and dispelling the misconceptions.
|Keywords:||Diabetes Education, Diabetes Management, Igala, Nigeria|
Assistant Lecturer, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
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