Motivate self to control diabetes

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SELF-MOTIVATION has been identified as one of the key traits for participants of diabetes support programmes to successfully lower blood glucose levels, according to a diabetes educator at the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital (SSBH).

Speaking to The Brunei Times at yesterday’s World Diabetes Day celebrations at SSBH, event co-chairperson Roziah Othman said that correlations were made between patients who met success in the hospital’s Teraja diabetes support group programme with high levels of motivation. Conversely, patients unable to record progress were generally found to have low levels of motivation.

“If patients are not motivated to control their blood sugar levels, or are without support, they will feel helpless or lost. They ask themselves “how do I start?” or say “my blood sugar level is always high”. They will feel down,” said Roziah, who added that sharing success stories also helped build motivation levels.

However, it is clear that external sources of motivation were only supporting factors, with self-motivated people having the best chance for success.

“Only if you have the vision and the drive from yourself then can you succeed (in reducing blood sugar levels). The motivation is not from the nurse, not from the clinic. It’s from yourself. When you have diabetes, your life has changed,” said SSBH Chief Executive Officer Mohmad Hj Abd Hamid.

The Teraja programme sees diabetes patients sign up voluntarily to attend a full day of lessons and sharing every month, sharing views and experiences with fellow patients and dedicated nurses trained to deal with and provide counseling on the debilitating disease. The sixth instalment, which begins on January 31 next year, has already enrolled 38 participants.

In terms of qualified health professionals, three nurses were trained abroad initially in 2004, and through training other nurses, the hospital now has 15 diabetes educators who are able to provide continuous advice and support to programme participants.

“What is unique about this programme is that while a patient may have to wait for months for a doctor’s appointment, a nurse who is also a diabetes educator can monitor the diabetes patients over a period of time. When a patient’s blood sugar spikes, we can contact them. If they feel less motivated, they can contact us for any assistance or counseling,” said Roziah.

At yesterday’s celebration, participants were split into several groups to join motivation workshops.

They held discussions about problems in trying to control their diabetes and the obstacles they faced daily.

In her opening address, programme chairperson and nursing officer Sadiah Hj Mohadi said that education was recognised as the empowering key for diabetes patients to take control of their lives.

“In the long term, understanding diabetes, the effects of diet adjustment, planned medication and physical exercise as well as monitoring of blood sugar levels will help the patient to achieve their goals in diabetes management,” said Sadiah.

Present as guest of honour to launch the celebrations was Dr Hjh Wadi Hana Hj Sudin, Acting Director of Hospital Services, Department of Medical Services under the Ministry of Health, Shaikh Hj Khalid Shaikh Hj Ahmad, Head of Teraja Support Group and Jimmy Briones, representative of Teraja sponsor MSD Pharma (Singapore) Sdn Bhd.

The Brunei Times