Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes is increasing globally, more so in developing countries like India due to rapid urbanization. As India ranks first in Diabetes prevalence and will continue to do so in 2025, we must prevent the disease by various measures. Therefore, preventionis important both on monetary and human aspects. Before setting the programmes, we should have ample data on the population's knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) of Diabetes Mellitus.
Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of patients having Type II Diabetes Mellitus.
Material and Method: A cross sectional study was done in a tertiary care centre (SRMSIMS) among Diabetes patients, attending Medicine OPD. Data were collected regarding their knowledge, attitude and practices about Diabetes and associated risk factors. Data was analysed by SPSS 20 Version.
Results: Mean age of the study respondents were 46.21±7.85 years and among them most of the subjects belongs to age group 40 years to 60 years. Found that most patients are having poor knowledge about Diabetes Mellitus. Among these patients mostly are having low level of education and they belong to low socio-economic status. Very low percent of people know about the complications of Diabetes Mellitus.
Conclusion: This study showed that there was poor knowledge, attitude and practice about the diabetes which calls for urgent action and instruction by skilled health care providers. From the result of this study we can conclude that education plays an important role. Life style modification is needed for reducing the complications of Diabetes Mellitus.