A community-based prediabetes knowledge assessment among Saudi adults in Al-Ahsa region, 2018

  • Essa AlSaleh
    Postgraduate Centre for Preventive Medicine, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Morad Alnaser
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Ali Alsalman
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Abdullah ALRamdhan
    Family Medicine Department, Health Directorate, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Husein Alsalman
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Ola Alhamrani
    Family Medicine Department, Health Directorate, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Alaa Alhamrani
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Muntadher AlSaleh
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Tahani AlEithan
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Khawla AlArfaj
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Hussain Al Sunayhir
    King Fahad Hofuf Hospital (KFHH), Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
  • Mujtaba AlSaleh
    Medical College, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.


Background: Prediabetes has been considered to be a reversible condition; a modification of lifestyle and other intervention can be successfully applied during the prediabetes period to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. The purpose of the present study was to assess knowledge of prediabetes and its risk factors for the community in the Al-Ahsa region.
Design and method: A cross-sectional community-based study was conducted in the Al-Ahsa region from mid-to-late December 2018. A sample size of 812 was determined using a single-proportion formula.
Results: Of the 812 respondents who gave consent to participate in the interview; the male to female ratio was 1.1:1. 13.2% of the respondents reported that they had diabetes. Among the respondents, 87.1% had a high level of knowledge of prediabetes, while 12.9% had low-to-moderate knowledge. 84% of males 40 years of age or older, 88.7% (384) of people with university or higher education, and 95.1% (78) of people who worked as health practitioners had high knowledge of prediabetes.Overall, there was a statistically significant association between age and prediabetes knowledge (𝑥2 =5.006, p=0.025). Occupation also showed a significant statistical association with prediabetes knowledge (𝑥2 =9.85, p=0.02).
Conclusion: Knowledge is considered an important factor in the prevention of prediabetes and diabetes. People in Al-Ahsa demonstrated a high level of knowledge regarding some risk factors for prediabetes. However, there were a number of deficiencies in the knowledge of prediabetes risk factors and preventive measures as well as in general knowledge of prediabetes, which may lead to a high prevalence of prediabetes and diabetes.


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