Prevalence and the determinants of diabetic peripheral neuropathy among type 2 diabetes patients in a selected rural primary health centre, Chengalpet
Vanvaguladevi J, Dr. Ciby Jose and Sumathi C
Background: Diabetes is a major health issue that has reached alarming levels. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is the most common complication among Diabetes patients with a prevalence ranging from 18.8 to 61.9% in India. Microvascular complications are disabling and affect quality of life. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and its risk factors among type 2 Diabetes patients.
Methodology: A Descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 type 2 Diabetes patients attending the Rural Primary Health Centre, Chengalpet. Data was collected using a diabetic neuropathy symptom (DNS) score.
Results: Among the 200 participants, 136 (68%) had neuropathy of which 69 (53%) reported numbness of feet, 113 (86.92%) had burning and aching pain and 52 (40%) reported prickling sensation. Non-literate, age, duration of Diabetes and uncontrolled hyperglycaemia were risk factors for Diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Conclusion: Regular screening using simple clinical examinations and affordable tools can help early identification of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and prevent complications like foot problems and amputation.
Vanvaguladevi J, Dr. Ciby Jose, Sumathi C. Prevalence and the determinants of diabetic peripheral neuropathy among type 2 diabetes patients in a selected rural primary health centre, Chengalpet. Int J Adv Res Community Health Nurs 2023;5(2):87-90. DOI: 10.33545/26641658.2023.v5.i2b.154