Background: Diabetes Mellitus (DM) has become a modern epidemic as a non-communicable disease showing rising trend all over the world. In Bangladesh a large number of diabetic patients encounter every day to the various diabetic clinics for treatment purpose.
Objective: This study aims to observe the socio-demographic and anthropometric profile among newly detected diabetic patients attending to our tertiary care teaching hospital.
Methods: This is a hospital-record based cross sectional descriptive study executed in a tertiary care teaching hospital, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The study group comprises 165 newly detected diabetic patients enrolled in our Bangladesh Medical College Hospital from July 2019 to June 2020. Analysis of data was done by using SPSS 15 software. Prevalence of newly detected diabetes among study population was calculated by using percentage and the strength of association between socio demographic and anthropometric factors were evaluated in our study.
Results: Among the 165 study participants, we found that 62 were males and 103 were females. Newly detected DM was more common among 36-50 years of age group followed by 51-65 years. Majority of the participants belonged to urban areas (53.94%) and were graduates (38.18%). Positive family history of DM was found among 93 patients. Nearly 55.76% diabetic patients were overweight followed by 23.63% were obese with moderate to low levels of physical activities were observed mostly.
Conclusion: In Bangladesh DM has been emerging as one of the biggest health problems with majority of the patients were unaware about its consequences and morbidity. We need to observe the socio-demographic and anthropometric factors to create the awareness among diabetic patients and prevent its fatal complications.
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