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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge


diabetes in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, diabetes complications in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, diseases among indians of North America


Nearly 10.3 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus and nearly 5.4 million more have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed (U.S. Health and Human Services, 1997). The annual amount spent on Diabetes Mellitus in South Dakota each year is estimated at $251 million (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, 1995). Diabetes Mellitus has become epidemic among the Native American population (Gohdes &Acton, 1989). Diabetes Mellitus has multiple complex complications over the long term (Harris, 1996). Complications arise and are more severe without tight glucose control (American Diabetes Association, 1995, p. 4).
The purpose of this random retrospective chart review was to determine rates of diabetes on the Pine Ridge Reservation among the Native American population and compare it to the national rates. The number of diabetic complications per individual were then examined for correlation with glycemic control.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Diabetes -- South Dakota -- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Diabetes -- Complications -- South Dakota -- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Indians of North America -- Diseases



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