PRAKRITI AS A RISK FACTOR IN PRE-DIABETES- A SURVEY STUDY
A survey study was conducted to identify prevalence and risk factors for Pre-diabetes in terms of Prakriti. STEPS methodology of WHO was used for the surveillance of risk factors of NCDs. The individuals were surveyed by questionnaires (by interview) and anthropometric measurements and blood sugar determination were also carried out. The analysis of the 591 subjects surveyed showed that the prevalence of Pre-diabetes was 30.96% in the studied population. Age, body mass index (BMI), family history of diabetes mellitus and history of hypertension were the independent risk factors for Pre-diabetes. 53.55% subjects have Kapha dominant Prakriti among pre-diabetics.
It has been concluded that controlling the risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and consideration of Kapha dominant Prakriti among the subjects above 40 years with/without a family history of diabetes mellitus and hypertension is key to prevention of Pre-diabetes.Keyword: Prakriti, pre-diabetes, risk factors.
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