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Neena Baby*, Basil Sunny, Harikesh Ramakrishnan, Eldho Jose, K Menaka, S. Hemalatha and T. Sivakumar


Background: The link between diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis has been recognized for centuries. Increasing prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus is a challenging task for Tuberculosis management. Objective: The objective of the study includes comparison of diabetes prevalence among tuberculosis patients across age, sex, Body Mass Index, sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis and retreatment cases. Methods: The study was conducted at the Department of Pulmonology, in a tertiary care teaching hospital, Tamil Nadu for 4 months. All the patients diagnosed with tuberculosis including pulmonary tuberculosis and extra pulmonary tuberculosis was included in the study. Variables such as age, sex, height and weight were recorded for each patient. The significance of association of different factors was found out by chi-square test. A P-value of <0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: The prevalence of diabetes in tuberculosis patients was found to be 32.89%. There was a statistically significant association of diabetes with older age, higher BMI and sputum positivity. Conclusions: The high prevalence of Tuberculosis is associated with uncontrolled DM. Routine screening of Diabetes in Tuberculosis patients is very important improve public health care.

Keywords: Tuberculosis; Diabetes Mellitus; Sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis.

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