Department of Nursing
Nigerian Army College of Nursing
Yaba, Nigeria.

Department of Nursing Science
University of Ilorin.
Ilorin, Nigeria.

Main Operating Theatre
Department of Clinical Nursing
University College Hospital
Ibadan, Nigeria.


The increasing rate of deaths caused by diabetes mellitus is causing great health concern in the global community. In 2014 alone, about 3.747 million cases of diabetes were reported in Nigeria. Despite the benefits of therapy, studies have indicated that the recommended olycemic goals are adrieved by less than 50% of patients. Diabetes patients failed to adhere to therapies. This study therefore examined compliance to the management of diabetes mellitus among 100 diabetic patients in 68 Nigerian. Army Reference Hospitals, Yaba Lagos. Relevant research questions and hypothesis were raised to guide the study. The study is a descriptive survey where 160 diabetic patients were purposively sampled from 48 Nigerian reference Hospital in Yaba-Lagos State. A Semi-structure questionnaire was used as data collection instrument. Data from the field were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentage. Findings indicated that a significant relationship exist between literacy and compliance to prescribed dietary regimen. The study recommended among others that health care providers engage in continuous health education on diabetes mellitus and that wider campaign of the disease by government be carried out. 

Key words: Diabetes, Drug-regimen, Compliance, Dietary/Regimen.