THE HYPOGLYCEMIC EFFECT OF FENUGREEK SEEDS IN TYPE 2 DIABETES
Dr. Anasuya Boligarla* and Dr. Venkateswar Rao Boligarla
The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Fenugreek seed powder on blood glucose along with nutritional status, Knowledge, Attitude and Practice in Type 2 Diabetic patients.50 subjects were divided into group I (Standard Conventional Treatment) and group II (Standard Conventional Treatment and Fenugreek seed powder 25 g per day for a period of 3 weeks). Results: The mean age was 50.87±10.76 years in males and 50.69± 10.85 in females. The mean duration of the disease was 5.62 ±5.54 yrs. 95.65% females had raised BMI >23 kg/m² compared to 76.1% in males. Similarly, 76% of females had a WHR above the cut off value as compared 47.61% to males. The mean knowledge score was 7.85±1.21; attitude score was 35.75±4.07 and Practice score was 12.57±2.04. The Intervention group have shown significant reduction in FBS (P= 0.001) and PPBS (P=0.000). In the control group there was a significant reduction in the PPBS (P=0.007). However, the significance was more in the intervention group than control group. Conclusion: Our study has shown high prevalence of general and central obesity in type 2 diabetic patients with good knowledge with poor practice towards diabetes management. Fenugreek seed powder supplementation has shown a significant improvement in the fasting and post prandial blood glucose levels. Thus, indigenous and natural food based intervention like fenugreek seeds can be used as an adjuvant in the management of diabetes.
Keywords: Diabetes Fenugreek, Knowledge Attitude and Practice, Blood Glucose.
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