A CROSS-SECTIONAL OBSERVATIONAL STUDY ON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DIABETES & RISK OF HYPOGLYCEMIA WITH CONCURRENT USE OF NATURAL HERBS/HERBAL PRODUCTS

  • megha k baiju JKK Munirajah Medical Research Foundation College of Pharmacy

Abstract

Objective: To determine the various misconceptions in diabetes mellitus and the factors
leading to such misconceptions. To find out the association of various misconceptions
with the socio-demographic factors.
 Methodology: A cross- sectional observational study was conducted among 350
diabetic patients for a period of 6 month. The study was done in diabetic clinics in the
districts of Salem and Erode.
 Results: The study included a total of 350 patients, among which 206(58.86%) were
females and 144 (41.14%) were males. The majority of the study population was
between the age group 61-70(30.86%). The total misconception score were low (0-34) in
144(41.14%), moderate (35-69) in 180(51.43%) and high (70-104) in 26(7.43%). Out of
25 patients identified with hypoglycemia 2 patients (8%) had only drug-drug interaction.
10 patients (40%) with both DI and HDI were identified. Herb-drug interactions alone
were identified in 13 diabetic patients with hypoglycemia (52%) indicating the risk of
hypoglycemia with concurrent use of herbs along with diabetic medications.
 Conclusion: In this study carried out in a study population of 350 patients, majority of
the population which contributes to about 94% had high to moderate knowledge about
their condition of diabetes mellitus. The misconceptions about diabetes mellitus were
high in 6.57% of the study population.

Keywords: Diabetes, determinants, knowledge, misconceptions, treatment

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megha k baiju. “A CROSS-SECTIONAL OBSERVATIONAL STUDY ON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DIABETES & RISK OF HYPOGLYCEMIA WITH CONCURRENT USE OF NATURAL HERBS/HERBAL PRODUCTS”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 12, no. 11, Sept. 2020, https://innovareacademics.in/journals/index.php/ijpps/article/view/36221.
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