STRESS IN PATIENTS WITH DIABETES MELLITUS
Keywords:Stress level, blood glucose level, diabetic foot ulcer
Stress is a trigger increased blood glucose levels that sought to reduce, by knowing the causes of stress. The objective of this study was to identify stress levels in patients with diabets mellitus. This study used descriptive research design with the variable was stress level. Samples were taken using simple random sampling, with 34 patients with Diabetes mellitus in Dr. Ramelan Navy Hospital, Surabaya. Data collection was undertaken using questionnaire (Problem Areas in Diabetes), glucometers and observation sheet (blood glucose and diabetic foot ulcers). Data were then analyzed descriptively. The results showed that most of the respondents had diabetes-related distress, as many as 25 patients (73,5%) (mean+ SD 50,15 + 13,057). Most respondents experience distress caused by worrying about the threat of more severe disease (hyperglycemia and diabetic foot ulcers) and negative perceptions such as feeling depressed and desperate when thinking about illness and treatment (diet and medication). Positive perceptions are needed to improve motivation in performing the treatment.