Health Status of Diabetic Patients in the Eastern Region of Libya
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is real medical problem that affects the world as a whole and Libya in particular. Generally the world health organization (WHO) has projected that over the period of next 25 years globally the number of patients suffering from DM will be doubled or more and devolving countries will bear most of the sufferers.1 The rate of diabetic patients with major complications are increased such as stroke, hypertension, amputation, nephropathy, neuropathy, retinopathy, cardiovascular, impotence, and skin lesion.2 However, in the eastern Mediterranean, the essential health care and facilities for self-care are often inadequate, also the deficient in basic education services and knowledge on diabetes as well as its prevention, management and treatment to people with diabetes and their families which lead to serious impediment to the provision of minimum standard of health care.3 The causes of DM is multi-factorial, which include genetic, physical inactivity, drug toxic agents, obesity, viral infection and location.4
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by abnormal insulin function or insulin deficiency, which results in elevated blood sugars. DM is a significant and growing health problem worldwide. Hence it is essential to understand the epidemiology for appropriate interventions. The main objective of this study was to examine the profile of diabetic patients in the Eastern region of Libya.