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IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1090-1096

Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study

Authors: Sanna Moharram Kamal, Zayed Fahd Aldosari, Sayil Turki Alotaibi, Saif Sulaiman Altamimi, Mohammed Abdullah Alqahtani, Abdullah Khalaf Alanazi, Barah Mohammed Alyami, Abdulmajeed Raja Alotaibi.

ABSTRACT

Background: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the most common chronic disorder among the Saudi population; it reaches up to 20% of the population. Alternative medicine (AM) use among the Saudi population is more common among the elderly due to some beliefs. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of AM use among diabetic patients and their adverse effects, and to raise awareness about these acts. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the use of AM among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia. We interviewed 558 people with diabetes of both genders and all ages in hospitals and primary care clinics in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia. Results: A total of 558 diabetic patients participated in the present study. Most included patients (61.6%) were type II DM. Only 17.9% of the patients were using AM, while 66.4% were not, and 15.7% had used AM prior. Only 4.7% of the diabetic patients preferred AM use, while 24.4% preferred modern medicine use. 12.8% of the participants reported that AM could cause adverse effects. Most patients were regular in drug use (70%), while only 6.8% were not committed to drug use. Conclusion: The present study found the prevalence of AM use among diabetic patients to be 17.9%. Only 4.7% of the diabetic patients preferred AM use. The most used AM were fennel flower, honey, and herbs. Gender and education were significant factors in AM use among diabetic patients.

Keywords:
Alternative medications, diabetic patients, Alkharj


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Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study


Authors
Sanna Moharram Kamal
Internal Medicine, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
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Zayed Fahd Aldosari
Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Sayil Turki Alotaibi
Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Saif Sulaiman Altamimi
Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Abdullah Alqahtani
Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdullah Khalaf Alanazi
Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Barah Mohammed Alyami
Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulmajeed Raja Alotaibi
Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. haqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.; s.kamal@psau.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 31 May 2022
Accepted 09 Aug 2022
Published online 27 Aug 2022
Published in print 23 Sep 2022

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Kamal SM, Aldosari ZF, Alotaibi ST, Altamimi SS, Alqahtani MA, Alanazi AK, Alyami BM, Alotaibi AR. Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study. IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1090-1096. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


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Kamal SM, Aldosari ZF, Alotaibi ST, Altamimi SS, Alqahtani MA, Alanazi AK, Alyami BM, Alotaibi AR. Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=43425 [Access: December 03, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


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Kamal SM, Aldosari ZF, Alotaibi ST, Altamimi SS, Alqahtani MA, Alanazi AK, Alyami BM, Alotaibi AR. Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study. IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1090-1096. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


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Kamal SM, Aldosari ZF, Alotaibi ST, Altamimi SS, Alqahtani MA, Alanazi AK, Alyami BM, Alotaibi AR. Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study. IJMDC. (2022), [cited December 03, 2022]; 6(9): 1090-1096. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


Harvard Style

Kamal, S. M., Aldosari, . Z. F., Alotaibi, . S. T., Altamimi, . S. S., Alqahtani, . M. A., Alanazi, . A. K., Alyami, . B. M. & Alotaibi, . A. R. (2022) Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study. IJMDC, 6 (9), 1090-1096. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


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Kamal, Sanna Moharram, Zayed Fahd Aldosari, Sayil Turki Alotaibi, Saif Sulaiman Altamimi, Mohammed Abdullah Alqahtani, Abdullah Khalaf Alanazi, Barah Mohammed Alyami, and Abdulmajeed Raja Alotaibi. 2022. Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (9), 1090-1096. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


Chicago Style

Kamal, Sanna Moharram, Zayed Fahd Aldosari, Sayil Turki Alotaibi, Saif Sulaiman Altamimi, Mohammed Abdullah Alqahtani, Abdullah Khalaf Alanazi, Barah Mohammed Alyami, and Abdulmajeed Raja Alotaibi. "Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 1090-1096. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Kamal, Sanna Moharram, Zayed Fahd Aldosari, Sayil Turki Alotaibi, Saif Sulaiman Altamimi, Mohammed Abdullah Alqahtani, Abdullah Khalaf Alanazi, Barah Mohammed Alyami, and Abdulmajeed Raja Alotaibi. "Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.9 (2022), 1090-1096. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


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Kamal, S. M., Aldosari, . Z. F., Alotaibi, . S. T., Altamimi, . S. S., Alqahtani, . M. A., Alanazi, . A. K., Alyami, . B. M. & Alotaibi, . A. R. (2022) Use of alternative medications among diabetic patients in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia: a survey study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (9), 1090-1096. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1654031626


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