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Table 5 Results of Diabetes Knowledge Questionnaire

From: A needs assessment of people living with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy

DKQ (n = 26) m 15.9 SD 7.59 (n = 26) True False
1. Eating too much sugar and other sweet foods is a cause of diabetes 17 9
2. The usual cause of diabetes is lack of effective insulin in the body 21 5
3. Diabetes is caused by failure of the kidneys to keep sugar out of the urine 2 24
4. Kidneys produce insulin 16 10
5. In untreated diabetes, the amount of sugar in the blood usually increases 24 2
6. If I am diabetic, my children have a higher chance of being diabetic 10 16
7. Diabetes can be cured 16 10
8. A fasting blood sugar level of 210 is too high 7 19
9. The best way to check my diabetes is by testing my urine 8 18
10. Regular exercise will increase the need for insulin or other diabetic medication 21 5
11. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2 8 18
12. An insulin reaction is caused by too much food 8 18
13. Medication is more important than diet and exercise to control my diabetes 6 20
14. Diabetes often causes poor circulation 24 2
15. Cuts and abrasions on diabetes heal more slowly 26 0
16. Diabetics should take extra care when cutting their toenails 26 0
17. A person with diabetes should cleanse a cut with iodine and alcohol 9 17
18. The way I prepare my food is as important as the foods I eat 25 1
19. Diabetes can damage my kidneys 22 3
20. Diabetes can cause loss of feeling in my hands, fingers and feet 25 1
21. Shaking and sweating are signs of high blood sugar 22 4
22. Frequent urination and thirst are signs of low blood sugar 13 13
23. Tight elastic hose or socks are not bad for diabetics 19 7
24. A diabetic diet consists mostly of special foods 17 9