New Delhi, 21 January
Twenty seven per cent of diabetic patients feel discrimination due to the disease, according to the study by DAWN 2 (Diabetes Attitude Wishes and Needs).
The objective of the study was to provide psychosocial indicators by assessing psychological challenges faced by people with diabetes. In India, the study was led by a group of experts and relevant stakeholders .
The study further stated that 12 percent reported depression and 52 per cent said they experience diabetes related stress. It also revealed that when it comes to self-management and awareness about the condition, India ranks low on the list. The study was conducted on 900 people in India, including 280 healthcare professionals, 500 diabetics and 120 family members across India.
The study showed that only 23 per cent of the respondents had participated in a diabetes education programme as compared to median for other countries that stood at 59 per cent. For each of the above parameters a scientific and clinical reason was provided by investigators who were part of this massive study.
"The threshold for the reporting of diabetes symptoms may be lowered by psychological factors, particularly depression and anxiety, and both psychological and physiological factors may contribute to diabetes symptoms," said renowned endocrinologist, Dr Sanjay Kalra.