Dr Omar Sultan Khan, Dr Asad Khan, Dr Maryam Bibi
Objective: The prevalence of diabetes mellitus has risen exponentially over the last three decades, with resultant increase in morbidity and mortality mainly due to its complications. Aside from medical management of diabetes mellitus, diet also plays an important role in controlling diabetes and delaying the progression of diabetic complications. The current study aimed to access the dietary awareness among the diabetic patients admitted in Endocrinology unit of Ayub Teaching Hospital. Materials and Methods: This was a cross sectional study conducted at Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad from November, 2015 to August, 2016. Data was collected form 85 diabetic patients using a non-probability convenient sampling technique. Data was collected through preformed, structured questionnaire. Data was entered and analyzed by using SPSS version 20. Results were interpreted and conclusion was drawn out of it. Results: Out of 85 diabetic patients in the study, knowledge about role of diet in diabetes, 76.5% patients knew that proper and planned diet plays an important role in controlling diabetes and 23.5% patients did not have any knowledge/were not sure about role of planned diet in controlling diabetes. Conclusion: Diabetes mellitus is the most common non communicable disease of the modern world and it is on the rise in developing countries as well. In this study we concluded that public education about role of diet in diabetes had been reasonably successful in terms of passing on knowledge. However, it is not sure how strongly public education had encouraged people to adopt a different lifestyle and strictly follow the dietary plans to reduce the progress of diabetes. KEYWORDS: Diabetes Mellitus, Socio-demographic, Determinants, Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.