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A STUDY ON MANAGEMENT AND ASSOCIATED COMPLICATIONS IN DIABETES MELLITUS AND PATIENT COUNSELLING

Misbah Ali Baig*, Afroze Farooqui, Nada Shahed, Naimath Khatoon, and Naseem Tabassum

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Epidemiological data shows that Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in India is increasing due to sedentary lifestyles. The purpose of this study was to establish a level of knowledge about diabetes mellitus. Knowledge of Diabetes is an integral component for attaining optimal disease control and prevent the impending chronic co-morbidities of Diabetes Mellitus, which include major long term complications relating to damage of blood vessels, leading to diabetic foot, nephropathy, stroke, retinopathy, neuropathy and infections which do not heal quickly due to hyperglycemia. Diabetes doubles the risk of cardiovascular diseases and about 75% of deaths in diabetes are due to coronary artery diseases. which impact significantly on the quality of life of the patient. Pharmacist being one of the indispensible members of the health care team has an immense responsibility for counseling of the patient. Patient counseling helps the patients to attain better understanding of their illness and the role in the treatment. It also motivates patients to adopt healthy lifestyle which would avoid future complications.

Keywords: diabetes mellitus, complications, retinopathy, neuropathy, patient counseling.


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