Earlier development of diabetic neuropathy in men than in women with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
ABSTRACT Data about the prevalence of diabetic neuropathy (DN) differ substantially, depending on the population and diagnostic methods. Sex-specific differences in DN are rarely discussed.
The aims of the present study were to assess the prevalence of, and analyze sex differences in, DN in a hospital population with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) over a period of 18 years.
In this retrospective study performed at a university hospital endocrinology clinic in Sofia, patient clinical records from 1990-2007 were examined. Patients were included in the database only at their first admission.
Data from 1705 patients with T2DM were analyzed (961 women, 744 men; mean [SD] age, 60.0 [11.9] years; diabetes duration, 9.9 [8.4] years; glycosylated hemoglobin, 9.0% [2.2%]; and body mass index, 29.4 [6.0] kg/m²). Obesity (46.3% vs 32.0%; P < 0.001), hypertension (86.7% vs 77.8%; P < 0.001), and dyslipidemia (61.2% vs 55.0%; P < 0.05) were significantly more common in women than in men, respectively. The prevalence of DN was 78.8%, with no significant sex differences. However, prevalence differed with time, corresponding to the frequency of application of electrophysiologic (electromyograms) or semiquantitative instrumental diagnostic methods. In men, the median (25th-75th percentiles) interval between diagnosis of T2DM and diagnosis of DN was 6 (1-12) years; in women, the interval was 8 (4-13) years (P < 0.01).
In this study of Bulgarian patients with T2DM, women were at higher macrovascular risk than were men. A high prevalence of DN was observed among these patients. The period from the diagnosis of T2DM to DN was shorter in men than in women-this necessitates earlier screening and therapeutic intervention for DN in men. Reasons for this sex difference may include differences in lifestyle and the testosterone deficiency that is common in men with diabetes, leading to a more pronounced deficit of neurosteroids.
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ABSTRACT: Aims/IntroductionThe study was carried out to assess the prevalence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), compare the prevalence between known diabetes mellitus (KDM) and newly detected diabetes mellitus (NDDM), identify risk factors associated, its prevalence pattern and to assess if any sex-specific differences are present.Materials and MethodsA cross-sectional study was carried out in a tertiary care hospital. Patients with duration of diabetes ≤6 months were considered to be NDDM. DPN was diagnosed by the combination of more than one abnormal result of 10-g monofilament, pinprick sensations and ankle reflexes, and categorized according to the severity level using vibration perception threshold. The study included 1,637 KDM and 369 NDDM patients.ResultsA total of 586 participants were found to have DPN, accounting for 29.2% (95% confidence interval [CI] 27.2–31.2) prevalence. The higher prevalence was observed in KDM compared with NDDM 33.7% (95% CI 31.42–36.01) vs 9.2% (95% CI 6.3–12.2; P < 0.001). Prevalence of mild, moderate, and severe neuropathies was 8.06, 14.55 and 6.63%, respectively. Regression analysis showed age (P < 0.001), duration of diabetes (P < 0.001), dyslipidemia (P = 0.03), glycated hemoglobin (P < 0.001), the presence of other microvascular complications (P < 0.001), macrovascular complications (P = 0.003) and alcoholic status (P < 0.033) to be associated. No sex-specific differences were observed in the mean age at diagnosis of diabetes, mean age at the diagnosis of neuropathy, and duration taken for the DPN development among females and males.Conclusions The study showed a high prevalence (29.2%) of DPN among north Indian type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. Thus, timely screening with earlier detection and intervention would be useful in preventing the progression of neuropathy.Journal of Diabetes Investigation. 04/2014;
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