An Exploratory Description of Lifestyle Behaviors and Physiologic Outcomes in Turkish Women With Type 2 Diabetes
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Type 2 diabetes is a growing concern worldwide. The study purpose was to describe the lifestyle behaviors of Turkish women with type 2 diabetes. Turkish women with type 2 diabetes completed a survey describing their lifestyle behaviors. Over half of the women had reportedly been given a diagnosis of hyperlipidemia and hypertension, increasing their risk for cardiovascular complications. Blood glucose self-monitoring was done infrequently by the majority of women in the study. Results showed deficits in the amount and quality of physical activity as well as foot care. Favorable results were reported by the Turkish women regarding dietary habits with the majority eating fruits, vegetables, and salads daily. In addition, all of the women denied drinking alcohol and only one reported smoking. Improving care for Turkish women with type 2 diabetes by implementing aspects of the Chronic Care Model is explored.