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Table 3 Prevalence, modes and characteristics of CAM use among patients with T2DM (n = 96)a

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use among patients with type 2 diabetes living in the United Arab Emirates

Prevalence and types of CAM used among diabetic patients n (%)
Used CAM since diagnosis (n = 244)
 No 148 (60.7)
 Yes 96 (39.3)
Used CAM in the previous year among CAM users (n = 95)
 Yes 86 (90.5)
 No 9 (9.5)
CAM related characteristics among CAM users
 CAM choice (n = 96)
  Family beliefs, traditions, etc. 41 (42.7)
  Friends suggestion 24 (25)
  Internet, social media, etc. 17 (17.7)
  Health practitioner 13 (13.5)
  Not applicable 1 (1.0)
 Frequency of CAM use (n = 96)
  Once/month or less 24 (25.0)
  Once/week 16 (16.7)
  2 or more times/week 38 (39.6)
  Daily 18 (18.8)
 Reasons of CAM use (n = 95)
  Belief in the benefits of CAM practices 63 (66.3)
  Disappointed with conventional medical therapy 22 (23.2)
  Trying it as it was suggested to you 10 (10.5)
 What was your expectation when you were using CAM (n = 95)
  Prevention of the progression of disease 76 (80)
  No expectation 10 (10.5)
  Symptoms relief 6 (6.3)
  Complete cure of disease 3 (3.2)
 Side effects from CAM use (n = 96)
  No 71 (74)
  Yes 10 (10.4)
  Not applicable 8 (8.3)
  Not sure 7 (7.3)
 Would you recommend CAM to other T2DM patients? (n = 96)
  Yes 53 (55.2)
  Undecided 29 (30.2)
  No 14 (14.6)
 Did you consult a doctor before using CAM (n = 96)
  No 73 (76)
  Yes 21 (21.9)
  Not Applicable 2 (2.1)
CAM related characteristics among diabetic non-users
 Reasons for not using CAM (n = 148)
  I don’t want additional burden 72 (48.6)
  I’ve never heard of it 26 (17.6)
  I don’t believe in it 21 (14.2)
  My doctor didn’t prescribe it 21 (14.2)
  I’m afraid of the side effects 8 (5.4)
 Would you consider using in the future (n = 148)
  No 117 (79.1)
  Yes 31 (20.9)
  1. CAM refers to Complementary and Alternative Medicine; aNumbers in this table refer to frequencies (n) and proportions (%)