Project Description

Author: Prasad et al.


Diabetes mellitus and hypertension are two deadly noncommunicable diseases that affect almost billions of people worldwide. The connection between type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and hypertension is well established. However, a number of diabetic patients with or without hypertension develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) followed by cirrhosis silently. Even until the development of complications, patients cannot even understand the disease. Based on the scientific gap, the study is designed to assess the concurrent presence of diabetes, hypertension and NAFLD among Bangladeshi adults. This cross-sectional study will be conducted at the Department of Endocrinology and Department of Medicine in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for a six-month period from October 2022 to March 2023. All diabetic patients visiting the outpatient departments will be prospectively screened for hypertension. Both newly diagnosed hypertension and patients already on antihypertensive medications will be included. The dual presence of the disease (DM and HTN) in patients aged over 18 years will be the prime criteria and will be assessed by ultrasonography to detect the presence of NAFLD along with severity grading. A total of 340 subjects will be examined. Informed written consent will be obtained from each patient after full explanation of the purpose and nature of all procedures that will be used. Collected data will be analysed using SPSS software version 25.0. Data will be expressed as the mean ± SD, median [IQR], or frequencies (percentage), when appropriate.

Status: Ongoing

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