Table 2

Causes of DM.

Main analytical categorya

Factor

Numbers (n)


Factors related to the individual

Heredity:

5

15b

'....both of my parents are diabetic. I inherited it from them'

Wrong food:

'...especially foods that contain too much sugar'

3

146

Treatment with drugs:

'... the hydrochlorothiazide that I was taking'

5

5b

'..maybe anti-hypertensive drugs'

Diseases of the pancreas: '...problems with the pancreas'

2

13b

Obesityb

17b

Wrong dietary habitb

14b

Disease of the pancreasb

13b

Factors related to the social sphere

Stressb

8b

Disturbances in relations to othersb

5b

Factors related to the supernatural sphere

Supernatural thoughtsb

3b

Punishment from God, or godsb

3b

Witchcraftb

4b

Fateb

8b


aAnalytical categories according to the lay model of illness causation by Helman (2007).

bExplanations of causes of DM evolved in discussions of a list of potential causes of DM.

Hjelm and Mufunda BMC International Health and Human Rights 2010 10:7   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-10-7

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