Journal of Community Health

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 228–234 | Cite as

Type 2 Diabetes and Its correlates: A Cross Sectional Study in a Tertiary Hospital of Nepal

  • Kamal RanabhatEmail author
  • Shiva Raj Mishra
  • Meghnath Dhimal
  • Bikal Shrestha
  • Vishnu Khanal
Original Paper


Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is an emerging global health problem in Nepal. However, there is still a paucity of information on its burden and its risk factors among service users from a hospital based setting. This is a cross sectional study conducted among the service users of diabetes clinic in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital of Nepal. A sample size of 154 was selected systematically from the patient registration from 30th July to 16th August, 2013. Of the 154 participants, 42.85 % had T2DM. Higher mean body mass index (26.50 ± 5.05 kg/m2) and waist circumference (92.47 ± 11.30 cm) was found among the individuals with T2DM and, compared to those without diabetes (Body mass index 25.13 ± 4.28 kg/m2: waist circumference 88.91 ± 12.30 cm) (P = 0.013). In further analysis, the sedentary occupation (aOR 3.088; 95 % CI 1.427–6.682), measure of high waist circumference (aOR 2.758; 95 % CI 1.238–6.265) individuals from lower socioeconomic status (aOR 3.989; 95 % CI 1.636–9.729) right knowledge on symptoms of diabetes (aOR 3.670; 95 % CI 1.571–8.577) and right knowledge on prevention of diabetes (aOR 3.397; 95 % CI 1.377–8.383) were significantly associated with T2DM status. The current findings suggest that health programs targeting T2DM should focus increasing awareness on harmful health effects of sedentary occupation, symptoms of T2DM and its prevention among the urban population.


Type 2 diabetes Obesity Risk factors Nepal 



Authors would like to acknowledge Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Amod Paudyal and all the participants who participated in this study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Authors declare no competing interest in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Public Health Laboratory, Department of Health ServicesMinistry of HealthKathmanduNepal
  2. 2.Nepal Development SocietyChitwanNepal
  3. 3.Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC)Ministry of HealthKathmanduNepal
  4. 4.Nepalese Army Institute of Health SciencesMinistry of DefenseKathmanduNepal
  5. 5.School of Public HealthCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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