Introduction: As diabetes mellitus is one of the most challenging public health problem in 21st century, it is important to know about the awareness level of a disease condition in a population, which plays a vital role in future development, early detection and prevention of disease. Objective: To assess the awareness and knowledge regarding diabetes mellitus among diabetic and non-diabetic subjects. Methods: A prospective and observational study was done in 100 diabetic and 50 non-diabetic subjects. All in- patients and out- patients either gender, of age 20-80 years were included in the study. Paediatric patients, pregnant/lactating women were excluded. Result: After analysing the scores, it was found that among diabetic patients 46% had poor knowledge, 45% had medium knowledge and 9% had good knowledge regarding Diabetes Mellitus where as 64% of non-diabetics had poor knowledge, 34% of non-diabetics had medium knowledge and 2% of non-diabetics had good knowledge regarding Diabetes Mellitus. Conclusion: Overall, our study concludes that diabetic patients had more knowledge regarding diabetes mellitus than non-diabetic subjects.
Key words: Awareness, Diabetes mellitus, knowledge, Early detection, Prevention, Complications