Communities Behavior in Biabetes Mellitus Treatment among Luwu Buginese Ethnic, South Sulawesi

International Journal of Research in Health Sciences,2014,2,4,1157-1165.
Published:October 2014
Type:Original Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Nilawati1, Alimin Maidin2, Asiah Hamzah3, Burhanuddin Bahar4
1Postgraduate Program, Medical Faculty, Public Health Study Program, Hasanuddin University, INDONESIA.
2Hospital Management Department, Faculty of Public Health, Hasanuddin University, INDONESIA.
3Health Administration and Policy Department, Faculty of Public Health, Hasanuddin University, INDONESIA.
4Biostatistics and Demographic Department, Faculty of Public Health, Hasanuddin University, INDONESIA.


Luwu Buginese society perceives diabetes is a disease caused by rice and sugary drinks. At first they perceives their selves suffered from diabetes mellitus based on the symptoms experienced. The aims of this study was to identify the behavior of Luwu Buginese ethnic of diabetes mellitus (lasa golla) and the role of the herbal treatment for diabetes mellitus. The research method used was a qualitative study ethnologic types i.e., describe the behavior of people with diabetes mellitus and type of herbal medicine used in patients with diabetes mellitus in Luwu Buginese ethnic, with service providers confirm the offender as an informant. Result described that some informants revealed that diabetes is caused by excessive consumption of sweet foods. Boo informant although states do not like to eat sweet foods but he understands diabetes mellitus is caused by eating too much sugar. Informant Pls and stated that diabetes is a disease caused by a lot of sweet foods, while Pm states that diseases caused by consuming sugar rice containing sugar. After the informant know the status of their blood sugar, they prefer to do herbal remedies. Boo informants choose to use herbal remedies because he felt there was no change in use of medical drugs. He used to grow his own leaf bib'bi tree, informers Pls take herbal medicine in forest. Informant Pls use health / medical services, he also uses herbs to lower blood sugar levels because they feel bored to do checks blood sugar levels. Informants Add and PMM despite having health insurance card to take advantage of free medical services, but he also felt happier taking the herbs in this case medical treatment is not addressed the issue of the cost of treatment to choose the type of treatment of diabetes mellitus. The selection of the use of these herbs is based on dissatisfaction use medical services.

Map of the research site in Palopo City, South Sulawesi. (Majid, 2010)