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Background: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major metabolic disorder currently affecting over 350 million people worldwide. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is fast becoming a global epidemic and the number of individuals with diabetes in the world is expected to reach 330 million by 2030. The rate of T2DM is rapidly increasing in developing countries, particularly among younger age groups A cross-sectional study indicated that Saudi university students had more health-related knowledge than the older population; the majority of the university students believed that obesity was dangerous and that regular exercise was beneficial for their health. According to the International Diabetes Federation.
Aim of the study: The study aimed to identify the level of knowledge and awareness of DM among university students at the Makkah in Saudi Arabia 2021.
Methods: cross sectional descriptive study conducted among university students at Makkah, during 2021, the Sample size 300 university students of diabetic university students.
Results: regarding age the same percentage 22.0 %, were 18 and 25 years; with mean and standered deviation 20.58 ± 2.248. As for 54.3% were male. In relation to monthly income 52.3. regarding academic year 39.0% were in first year university. 44.0% use mass media as a source of their DM information. 40.0% had fair level, the same percentage 30.0% had poor and good knowledge level. 38.7% had good awareness level, followed by 35.0% had fair level and 26.3% had poor level. there were no significant correlation socio-demographic characteristics and knowledge level among diabetic university students. Conclusion: the level of awareness and knowledge of a considerable number of university students regarding DM was inadequate. Also, no significant relation was found between the knowledge students and sociodemographic data.