Dr. Muhammad Aqeel Qureshi, Dr. Shamsuddin Mir Muhammad Jan, Dr. Syed Muhammad Ammar Mehdi
Objective: The aim of the study is determining the occurrence of different dietary misunderstandings among the patients suffering from diabetes in our communities. Methodology: It was a transverse research work carried out at the clinic of diabetes and medical outpatient department in the General Hospital Lahore. This case work started in January 2018 & finished in December 2018. A sum of 409 patients suffering from diabetes of any sex, having the age of 18 years or above were the part of this case work. A questionnaire about the social and demographic information and different myths about the diet was in use to obtain the information from the diabetic patients. Result: A sum of 409 patients suffering diabetes were the part of this research work. Male patients were 50.60% (n: 207). The mean age of the patients was 51.60 ±10.40 years. Majority of patients 97.10% (n: 397) were suffering from type-2 diabetes. A large amount of the patients was either uneducated 20.30% (n: 83) or found with only primary education 27.40% (n: 112). Majority of patients 62.60% (n: 256) never got any education about the diabetes. Most of the patients 85.0% (n: 348) assumed in the particular diet to control the level of blood sugar but the large amount of the patients 81.90% (n: 335) were not using underground vegetables & same amount of the patients were having the belief in the bitter vegetables and they were considering those as remedy of the disease in a natural way. About 41.0% patients had dietary misconceptions about the use of fruits whereas 73.50% (n: 301) told about the prohibition of the use of rice. The patients of the study who were present with the belief on the use of special diet in comparison with the who did not belief in the use special diet. In the same manner, the group of the patients who had got the education about the diabetes displayed more significant P value in comparison with the patients who did not get any information. Conclusions: Majority of the patients suffering from diabetes particularly those who did not get any education about diabetes found with many misconceptions about diet. Keywords: Diabetes type-2, misconceptions, patient, myths, bitter vegetables, significant.