Effectiveness of Oral Intake of Fenugreek Seed Powder among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) has a taken a heavy toll on the global population affecting 451 million people. A quasi experimental study was conducted among 60 subjects with T2DM selected purposively with the objectives (i) to assess and compare the fasting blood sugar levels and self-reported health problems among type 2 diabetes mellitus patients in the experimental and control group before and after the administration of fenugreek seed powder and (ii) to find out the association between fasting blood sugar level and selected demographic variables. The data on fasting blood sugar was collected using with glucometer and health problems with a 3 point rating scale. Reliability and validity of instruments and ethical clearance were established prior to data collection. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used for analysis by SPSS version 20. Results: Among the experimental group, a highly significant (t=9.974) (p<0.001) reduction in the fasting blood sugar level was observed. Overall score of self-reported health problems did not differ between the experimental and control groups. Significant ((f=2.977)(p= 0.031) association was found between Fasting blood sugar level and educational qualification among subjects from experimental group. The study results indicate that fenugreek seed powder was effective in controlling blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes mellitus.
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