Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Sharon C. Wahl

Second Advisor

Marian Yoder


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of Mexican American older adults with type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetes. Research design and results: A phenomenological research approach was used when interviewing a sample of ten English speaking Mexican American older adults in Santa Clara County, California. Three collective themes were identified: Emotions prevalent in living with diabetes, diabetes' impact on life, and cultural factors affecting diabetes self care. Discussion/conclusions/implications: A duality of thoughts and experiences in living with diabetes, and the strong influence of culture and its beliefs characterize the life-world of Mexican American non-insulin dependent diabetics. Health care practitioners can generate plans of care that address these findings to effectively provide culturally congruent care in daily practice.