Screening for diabetes using Indian diabetes risk score


  • Saranya Nagalingam M.B.B.S, ACS Medical College and Hospital, Velappanchavadi, Tamilnadu, Chennai, India
  • Kavitha Sundaramoorthy Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, ACS Medical College and Hospital, Velappanchavadi, Tamilnadu, Chennai, India
  • Balaji Arumugam Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Tagore Medical College and Hospital, Rathinamangalam, Chennai, India



Type 2 diabetes, Screening, Indian diabetes risk score, BMI, Waist circumference


Background: Prevalence of type 2 diabetes has escalated to beyond the projected values in many countries like India, so it becomes mandatory to screen the population to recognize the disease early. This study was carried out with the objective of screening the adult population using the pre validated MDRF-IDRS questionnaire.

Methods: This study was done among adult population as community based cross sectional study around semi urban population of Chennai near Ponamallee and Avadi. House to house survey was done and the population was randomly selected randomly among adults of more than 20 years of age and not a known diabetic patients.

Results: Our study included 304 study participants with the mean age of 41.5 years, majority 55% females, 73% belonging to nuclear family and majority were from class II socio economic status. Around 74% were non vegetarian population with smoking and alcohol habits 20% and 23% respectively. According to IDRS score of MDRF the study population were classified to be low, medium and high risk for developing type 2 diabetes were 18%, 45% and 37% respectively.

Conclusion: Our study has described that the majority of the adult population were at medium and high risk of developing type 2 diabetes which is actually a dangerous sign for the community, needing lifestyle changes to be initiated as soon as possible to delay the occurrence of type 2 diabetes.


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