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SILVA, Ana Roberta Vilarouca da et al. Evaluating two educational interventions to prevent type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among adolescents. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.4, pp.782-787. ISSN 0104-0707.

This study aimed to evaluate two educational interventions to prevent type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among at-risk adolescents. Participants were 90 students from a public school in the city of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, divided into two groups: GA (n=45), and GB (n=45). In the GA group, a flyer was used to individually explain the educational group interventions, while the GB group received educational intervention through five meetings of two hours each. Questionnaires were used to evaluate the level of knowledge before, the day after, and 60 days after interventions as well as changes in daily habits, 60 days after interventions. Results showed no difference between both interventions (p=0.0001) considering the level of knowledge. A similar intention to change daily habits was observed upon comparing groups A and B after the interventions. The two educational interventions can be used in schools in order to prevent type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in at-risk adolescents.

Keywords : Health education; Diabetes mellitus; Adolescent health.

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