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