Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Rehabilitation Counseling


Upton, Thomas D.


Globalization has drastically altered the way humans function. Modern ways of life have induced obesity and type 2 diabetes upsurges on a global level. Type 2 diabetes is a complex chronic illness that can be extremely difficult to prevent and manage. It requires strict consistency in terms of energy consumption, self-assessment, and physical activity. A wide array of variables impact human behavior and one’s ability to abide by such strict regimens. These variables can often be categorized as environmental or personal influences. Comprehensive understanding of these variables can provide insight to diabetics and health professions regarding barriers to diabetes management as well as useful strategies that could be applied. This research paper investigates some of the personal and environmental variables of diabetes management and discusses specific strategies diabetics may use to control blood sugar levels.