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International Journal of Diabetes Research

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

Prevalence and perception of herbal use among diabetic patients attending primary health center in Baghdad

Author(s):

Mayasah A Sadiq, Alaa A Salih and Najlaa Fawzi Jamil

Abstract:

Background: Diabetes mellitus is a highly prevalent disease worldwide carrying a burden for control, patients are deviating towards herbal use aiming for control either solely or as an adjuvant for many reasons, this study aims to dig this phenomenon.
Objectives: Assess the prevalence and perception of herbal use for blood glucose control among diabetic patients.
Methodology: A cross-section study is carried out among 284 diabetic patients attending a primary health center in Baghdad by directly interviewing the using a structured questionnaire that assessed their perception towards herbal use.
Prevalence was calculated and association of herbal use with demographic and diabetic characteristics was assessed.
Results: Users were 161 among the total 284, only 51 are regular users, 76 among the age group 40-59 years, 82 of them were men, 94 of them were of low educational level, 121 were type 2,96 believed that cinnamon a blood sugar reducer, media was the source of information among 63 of them.
Conclusion: Herbal use prevalence is more than half (57%), more in type 2 diabetic patients above 40, men, non-educated, cinnamon was the most used herbs, internet and peer patients were the common source of information, herbal use association was significant with age only.
 

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International Journal of Diabetes Research
How to cite this article:
Mayasah A Sadiq, Alaa A Salih and Najlaa Fawzi Jamil. Prevalence and perception of herbal use among diabetic patients attending primary health center in Baghdad. Int. J. Diabetes Res. 2024;6(1):14-18. DOI: 10.33545/26648822.2024.v6.i1a.14