Challenges of Living and Coping with Diabetes among Staff of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Keywords:Challenges, coping, diabetes, lifestyle
Diabetes is a global health issue that has serious consequences on the patients and the entire family, especially in Nigeria. This study identifies the challenges of living with diabetes and the coping strategies adopted by staff. An in-depth interview guide was used to collect data from eight tutorial and non-tutorial staff of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Campus. An interpretative phenomenological approach was used in analyzing data to describe the lived experience of research participants. It is used to describe one’s viewpoint and to understand how people interpret their experience. The findings showed that family stress, low financial resources, and psychological problems amongst others are challenges patients with diabetes face while seeking social support. Networking via knowledge search for a healthy lifestyle and integration were found to be coping strategies that will help a patient live a healthy life. The study concluded by recommending that the government should subsidy all their drugs so that they can be affordable. Patients should also seek the professional support of social workers whenever they feel that their emotional peace is at risk.