Abdominal obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes. Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) of the lumbar spine provides an index of abdominal fat.
Our objective was to examine the hypothesis that DXA-derived abdominal fat measurement in women undergoing osteoporosis investigation predicts risk for subsequent diagnosis of diabetes.
This historical cohort study was derived from the Manitoba Bone Density Program Database for the Province of Manitoba, Canada.
30,252 nondiabetic women aged 40 yr and older were referred for baseline osteoporosis assessment with DXA between January 1990 and March 2007.
Each woman's longitudinal provincial health service record was assessed for the presence of diabetes diagnosis codes after DXA testing.
During 5.2 + or - 2.6 yr of observation, 1252 (4.1%) women met the case definition for diabetes. A greater proportion of abdominal fat from spine DXA was strongly related to subsequent diabetes diagnosis in models adjusted for age, body mass index, and other comorbidities. Those in the highest quintile had 3.56 (95% confidence interval = 2.67-4.75) times the risk for subsequent diabetes diagnosis compared with those in the lowest (reference) quintile. Fat from hip DXA was not predictive of subsequent diabetes after adjustment for the same variables (1.00, 95% confidence interval = 0.79-1.26).
Predictive information about diabetes risk can be obtained from spine DXA scans performed for osteoporosis risk assessment. This is consistent with evidence linking abdominal fat with insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.
To examine whether elevated anxiety and/or depressive symptoms are related to all-cause mortality in people with Type 2 diabetes, not using insulin.
948 participants in the community-wide Nord-Trøndelag Health Survey conducted during 1995-97 completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale with subscales of anxiety (HADS-A) and depression (HADS-D). Elevated symptoms were defined as HADS-A or HADS-D =8. Participants with type 2 diabetes, not using insulin, were followed until November 21, 2012 or death. Cox regression analyses were used to estimate associations between baseline elevated anxiety symptoms, elevated depressive symptoms and mortality, adjusting for sociodemographic factors, HbA1c, cardiovascular disease and microvascular complications.
At baseline, 8% (n = 77/948) reported elevated anxiety symptoms, 9% (n = 87/948) elevated depressive symptoms and 10% (n = 93/948) reported both. After a mean follow-up of 12 years (SD 5.1, range 0-17), 541 participants (57%) had died. Participants with elevated anxiety symptoms only had a decreased mortality risk (unadjusted HR 0.66, 95% CI 0.46-0.96). Adjustment for HbA1c attenuated this relation (HR 0.73, 95% CI 0.50-1.07). Those with elevated depression symptoms alone had an increased mortality risk (fully adjusted model HR 1.39, 95% CI 1.05-1.84). Having both elevated anxiety and depressive symptoms was not associated with increased mortality risk (adjusted HR 1.30, 95% CI 0.96-1.74).
Elevated depressive symptoms were associated with excess mortality risk in people with Type 2 diabetes not using insulin. No significant association with mortality was found among people with elevated anxiety symptoms. Having both elevated anxiety and depressive symptoms was not associated with mortality. The hypothesis that elevated levels of anxiety symptoms leads to behavior that counteracts the adverse health effects of Type 2 diabetes needs further investigation.
Several papers have reported higher prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) type 2 in patients suffering from bipolar disorder (BD). The possible links between these 2 disorders include treatment, lifestyle, alterations in signal transduction, and possibly, a genetic link. To study this relation more closely, we investigated whether there are any differences in the clinical characteristics of BD patients with and without DM.
We compared the clinical data of 26 diabetic and 196 nondiabetic subjects from The Maritime Bipolar Registry. Subjects were aged 15 to 82 years, with psychiatric diagnoses of BD I (n = 151), BD II (n = 65), and BD not otherwise specified (n = 6). The registry included basic demographic data and details on the clinical course of bipolar illness, its treatment, and physical comorbidity. In a subsequent analysis using logistic regression, we examined the variables showing differences between groups, with diabetes as an outcome variable.
The prevalence of DM in our sample was 11.7% (n = 26). Diabetic patients were significantly older than nondiabetic patients (P
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to study primary healthcare patients' understanding of their diagnosis of heart failure (HF), using patients treated for diabetes mellitus (DM) as a comparative group. DESIGN: A cross-sectional community based study. SETTING: Karlskrona community situated on the Swedish south-east coast with 60,600 inhabitants. SUBJECTS: A total of 1402 subjects, aged 60-96 years in 10 age cohorts, selected randomly from the national population registry participating in the Swedish National study on Ageing and Care - Blekinge. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Understanding of diagnosis of HF or DM in primary healthcare. Prevalence of cognitive impairment. RESULTS: In all, 39.8% of patients with a diagnosis of HF treated in primary healthcare and 97.1% of patients with DM had an understanding of their respective diagnosis. Cognitive impairment was significantly more prevalent in the groups of patients treated for HF (OR 1.9, 95% CI 1.2 to 3.0) and DM (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.1 to 3.1), when compared with those not treated for either HF or DM. The odds ratio for understanding of diagnosis was 0.013 (95% CI 0.003 to 0.052, p
OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of diabetes mellitus in patients with acute intermittent porphyria (AIP). Haeme deficiency in the liver of AIP patients stimulates an increase in ALA-synthase which triggers an escalating metabolic chain reaction, leading to an increase in the porphyrin content. This reaction can be reduced by treating AIP patients with haeme arginate or with glucose. DESIGN: A population-based study of all patients > 18 years of age having DNA-verified AIP (n = 328) living in the two most northerly counties of Sweden (Norrbotten and Västerbotten, with 550,000 inhabitants) of whom 16 had type 2 diabetes. Prevalence of diabetes was studied retrospectively in 26 AIP patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). RESULTS: None of the patients showed symptoms of AIP after the onset of their diabetes. Three patients had had recurrent, severe attacks for many years but when their diabetes became manifest, their urinary ALA and PBG levels decreased and the AIP symptoms resolved, to the relief of the patients. Amongst the 26 AIP patients with HCC, only one with signs of diabetes was identified (impaired glucose tolerance test). CONCLUSIONS: This study raises the possibility that diabetes mellitus may be beneficial for patients with severe AIP.
To predict mortality risk and life expectancy for patients with type 2 diabetes after a major diabetes-related complication.
The study sample, taken from the Swedish National Diabetes Register, consisted of 20 836 people with type 2 diabetes who had their first major complication (myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure, amputation or renal failure) between January 2001 and December 2007. A Gompertz proportional hazards model was derived which determined significant risk factors associated with mortality and was used to estimate life expectancies.
Risk of death changed over time according to type of complication, with myocardial infarction initally having the highest initial risk of death, but after the first month, the risk was higher for heart failure, renal failure and amputation. Other factors that increased the risk of death were male gender (hazard ratio 1.06, 95% CI 1.02-1.12), longer duration of diabetes (hazard ratio 1.07 per 10 years, 95% CI 1.04-1.10), smoking (hazard ratio 1.51, 95% CI 1.40-1.63) and macroalbuminuria (hazard ratio 1.14, 95% CI 1.06-1.22). Low BMI, low systolic blood pressure and low estimated GFR also increased mortality risk. Life expectancy was highest after a stroke, myocardial infarction or heart failure, lower after amputation and lowest after renal failure. Smoking and poor renal function were the risk factors which had the largest impact on reducing life expectancy.
Risk of death and life expectancy differs substantially among the major complications of diabetes, and factors significantly increasing risk included smoking, low estimated GFR and albuminuria.
The Danish National Board of Health recommends graduated care of type 2 diabetes patients based on risk stratification. This requires a systematic monitoring of indicators for the development of complications.
Retrospective evaluation of type 2 diabetes patients referred from general practice in the 2004-2007 period.
1) Diabetes duration = two years, 2) Diabetes control exclusively handled in primary care in the previous two years, 3) Referred from general practice to outpatient assessment by the diabetes centre, 4) The physician used a laboratory affiliated to the Aarhus County laboratory database, 5) Written referral could be found. Data was gathered by reviewing records, searching the laboratory database and register of diabetic eye care service.
A total of 97 patients were included. By the time at referral (mean): Age 61.5 years, diabetes duration 8.4 years, body mass index 31.7 kg/m2. In the last two years before referral, the following percentage had at least one p-lipid measurement: 85%, eye examination: 61% and measurement of microalbuminuria: 53%. HbA1c at referral was 9.0% (n = 97), 9.1% (n = 93) seven months before and 8.7% (n = 82) 20 months before referral.
Glycaemic control was poor 20 months before referral. The prerequisites for the recommendation of The Danish National Board of Health was not present since eye examination was not performed in 39% and assessment of microalbuminuria was not performed in 47% of the patients in the previous two years before referral.