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

  • A. SRINIVASAN JKK Munirajah Medical Research Foundation College of Pharmacy Ethirmedu, B. komarapalayam 638183, Namakkal Dt, Tamil Nadu, The Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, Chennai
  • JITTA MARY JOSE JKK Munirajah Medical Research Foundation College of Pharmacy Ethirmedu, B. komarapalayam 638183, Namakkal Dt, Tamil Nadu, The Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, Chennai
  • MEGHA K. BAIJU JKK Munirajah Medical Research Foundation College of Pharmacy Ethirmedu, B. komarapalayam 638183, Namakkal Dt, Tamil Nadu, The Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, Chennai
  • SMRITI SURESH GEORGE JKK Munirajah Medical Research Foundation College of Pharmacy Ethirmedu, B. komarapalayam 638183, Namakkal Dt, Tamil Nadu, The Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, Chennai

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.


Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted among 350 diabetic patients for a period of 6 mo. 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 scores 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, the 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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SRINIVASAN, A., J. M. JOSE, M. K. BAIJU, and S. S. GEORGE. “A CROSS-SECTIONAL OBSERVATIONAL STUDY ON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DIABETES AND RISK OF HYPOGLYCEMIA WITH CONCURRENT USE OF NATURAL HERBS/HERBAL PRODUCTS”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 12, no. 11, Nov. 2020, pp. 88-93, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2020v12i11.36221.
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