Perceived diabetes risk and actual risk level in relatives of individuals with type 2 diabetes: Its relationship with promotive and protective health behaviors
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Sakarya University of Applied Sciences, Sakarya, TURKEY
Hamidiye Faculty of Nursing, University of Health Sciences Turkey, Istanbul, TURKEY
Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, University of Health Sciences, Istanbul, TURKEY
Publication date: 2022-07-31
Electron J Gen Med 2022;19(6):em403
It is a known fact that diabetes can mostly be prevented or delayed with health-promoting and protective lifestyle changes in people at high risk of diabetes. In addition, awareness of the risk of diabetes in the relatives of individuals with diabetes may also contribute to the prevention of the disease. This study was carried out to determine the relationship between perceived and actual diabetes risk level with promotive and protective health behaviors in relatives of individuals with type 2 diabetes. This cross-sectional study included 596 individuals. Of the participants, 62.7% stated that they perceive their risk of developing diabetes at a high-very high level in the next 10 years. The participants had promotive and protective health behaviors at a moderate level. No significant difference was found between the perceived diabetes risk level and promotive and protective health behaviors. Health professionals should take more responsibility for risk identification and risk management.
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