Rising prevalence of diabetes: evidence from a Danish pharmacoepidemiological database

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  • Henrik Støvring
  • Morten Andersen, Forskningsenheden for Klinisk Farmakologi, SDU, Denmark
  • Henning Beck-Nielsen, Denmark
  • Anders Green, Denmark
  • Werner Vach
  • National Centre for Register-based Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine
The prevalence of diabetes has increased worldwide. We have undertaken an epidemiological analysis of drug-treated diabetes in a well defined community. We present estimates of prevalence, incidence, and mortality of patients with such diabetes during 1993-, based on data for all 470000 people living in the county of Fyn, Denmark. Although prevalence increased (odds ratio: female, 1.026 [95% CI 1.020-1.032]; male, 1.041 [1.036-1.047]), mortality in those treated declined (rate ratio: female, 0.976 [95%CI 0.952-1.001]; male, 0.966 [0.943-0.990]). We did not identify a clear trend for incidence. Future research into the causes of rising diabetes prevalence should take this fall in mortality into account to avoid incorrect conclusions about the relation between western lifestyle and the growing number of diabetics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLancet
Volume362
Issue9383
Pages (from-to)537-538
Number of pages2
ISSN0140-6736
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2003

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