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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 10
First page : ( 324) Last page : ( 329)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-5506.2018.01414.6

The awareness of the effect of black seeds on blood glucose in private university

Baobaid Mohammed Faez1, Alabed Alabed Ali A.2,*, Abdulghani Mahfoudh A. M.3, Abdelqader Mohammed A.1, Ghazi Hasanain Faisal1, Mohammed Mustafa Fadil4, Roslan Nurin Qistina Binti4

1Senior Lecturer: Community Medicine Unitm International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia

2Assistant Professor: Head of Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Lincoln University College, Selangor, Malaysia

3Senior lecturer: Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Unaizah College of Pharmacy, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

4Master Student in Biomedical Science, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

*Corresponding author: Alabed Ali A. Alabed Assist Prof. Dr. Alabed Ali A. Alabed Email: dr.abed.alabed@gmail.com

Online published on 1 November, 2018.

Abstract

It has been known that Nigella sativa has various pharmacological activities and one of it are as an antidiabetic effect. This study aimed to assess the level of awareness in different genders regarding Nigella sativa on blood glucose among the university students. This study designed as a cross-sectional study. The self-administered questionnaire was given to respondents which asked about sociodemographic factors, health concerns and awareness regarding Nigella sativa and blood glucose. Majority of the respondents were aware about Nigella sativa (63%) and also received diabetes education before this (67.8%). There was a significant difference between genders regarding the awareness of Nigella sativa (p-value<0.05). Meanwhile, there was no significant association between genders and the awareness of diabetes mellitus (p-value>0.05). Most of the respondents believed that Nigella sativa is a home remedy (60.3%) and can reduce the mortality and morbidity of chronic disease (73.8%). Moreover, only (30.5%) of the respondents knew that Nigella sativa works as an anti-diabetic. However, rate of understanding about diabetes mellitus is fair (51.1%) and they unable to record their blood sugar level for safe keeping (16.2%). In addition, most respondents believed that diabetes is a serious illness (84.7%) and majority thought that by controlling food intake would overcome diabetes (65.1%) rather than medication (18.2%) or exercise (16.7%). In conclusion, there is a need to increase the awareness regarding Nigella sativa through campaigns and mass media. This would help them to have better knowledge and benefits about Nigella sativa especially as an anti-diabetic supplement.

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Keywords

Nigella sativa, blood glucose, diabetes mellitus, awareness.

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