Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Public Health and Nutrition


Opinion regarding the successful management of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) has identified nutrition as a key player. Whilst important, diet has also been highlighted as one of the most difficult aspects of the regimen, by both individuals with IDDM and health workers. Current dietetic recommendations for the nutritional management of individuals with IDDM include, the normalisation of plasma glucose and the promotion of patient well being. This study aimed to determine if any significant difference in quality of life (QOL) and glycaemic control existed between groups of individuals with IDDM, who perceive their diet difficult to adhere to and those who perceive adherence easy.