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Journal of Public Health

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 581–590 | Cite as

A survey to validate the traditional Siddha perception of diabetes mellitus

  • Amulya Vijay
  • Priyadharshan RanganathanEmail author
  • Balachandar Vellingiri
Original Article
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Abstract

Aim

To investigate the influence of gender, marital status, specific food, and lifestyle habits that could possibly be the causative factor according to ancient medical texts. Exploring the alternative medicinal knowledge about diabetes mellitus (DM) and validating its authenticity by carrying out a modern-day study with a scientific perception in identifying the specific food and lifestyle causing DM.

Subjects and methods

Our study was conducted during the period 2015 to 2017 in Tamil Nadu and Kerala States, South India. Data was collected from 1206 individuals aged between 18 and 89 years through a predesigned questionnaire which included seven novel questions acquired from the traditional Indian texts of Siddha medicine.

Results

A questionnaire-based study conducted using which a total of 1206 subjects (men: 55.4%; women: 44.6%) were evaluated with a mean age of 42.88 ± 13.212 years. A higher number of males were affected than females. It is also evident that married people get more affected by Type 2 ,whereas unmarried subjects were found to be more affected by Type 1. There is a significant effect of gender and marital status, and also the influence of specific food and lifestyle habits listed is evident.

Conclusions

The antiquity of early descriptions of diabetes underscores the importance of the observation and recording of medical conditions as humans evolve; more similar studies should be conducted to validate the data in ancient medicinal texts and to prove their authenticity in the modern scientific era.

Keywords

Diabetes mellitus (DM) Traditional medicine Health survey Data collection 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the authorities of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore for providing infrastructure facilities for this research work. We are grateful to the authors of the articles included in the reference, many of whom kindly provided us with additional information regarding their studies. We also express our gratitude to Bioline Diagnostics and Labs, Coimbatore for their support in completion of the research work. Last but not least, we thank the patients and their families for their dedicated participation in completion of the work. This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical approval

All adopted procedures and methodology used were in agreement with the ethical standards for research at the university.

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Genetics and Molecular BiologyBharathiar UniversityCoimbatoreIndia
  2. 2.Human Molecular Cytogenetics and Stem Cell Laboratory, Department of Human Genetics and Molecular BiologyBharathiar UniversityCoimbatoreIndia

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