TITLE

PERCEIVED SUSCEPTIBILITY TO DIABETES AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS PREVENTING DIABETES AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS AT A LARGE MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY

AUTHOR(S)
Dong-Chul Seo; Torabi, Mohammad R.; Kaigang Li; John, Priya M.; Woodcox, Stephanie G.; Perera, Bilesha
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2008, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p143
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study investigated perceived susceptibility to diabetes and attitudes towards preventing diabetes among a total of 707 college students. Thirty-two percent of the respondents perceived themselves at risk for developing diabetes whereas 31% didn't. Only 75% believed lifestyles were associated with diabetes onset. Those who were overweight/obese, who were told as pre-diabetic, or who did not know their blood glucose levels were more likely to perceive an increased risk for developing diabetes than their counterparts when controlling for age, race/ ethnicity, and having a direct family member with diabetes. Increased efforts should be made to enhance college students' knowledge and understanding of diabetes and its prevention.
ACCESSION #
36181639

 

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