AIM: The objective of the METABOLIC Study was to evaluate overall health status, with particular focus on assessment of functional status of older patients taking oral antidiabetic drug (OAD) treatment. METHODS: The study included 1342 type 2 diabetes patients aged ≥ 65 years treated with OADs, with or without insulin, who had been referred to outpatients clinics across Italy. Information on diabetes (duration, medications taken during the last 3 months, hypoglycaemic events and diabetic complications) was collected by questionnaire, and the patients' overall health status was assessed using a multidimensional prognostic index. RESULTS: The sample recruited (mean age: 73.3 ± 5.5 years) had a mean duration of diabetes of 11.3 ± 8.2 years. Half were taking sulphonylureas alone or together with other medications, 9.7% were taking insulin in combination with other OADs, almost 30% were using biguanides and 6.2% were taking dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Also, 12% of patients reported hypoglycaemic events, 90% of whom were taking insulin or sulphonylureas. In addition, 81% of the participants were completely independent in their activities of daily living, while 19% were mildly, moderately or severely disabled. Age, female gender, hypoglycaemic events, neuropathy and low diastolic blood pressure were the main variables associated with disability. CONCLUSION: Disability is common in older diabetic patients and some associated factors, such as hypoglycaemia and low diastolic blood pressure, have been identified. Also identified was malnutrition as a specific factor associated with hypoglycaemic events independent of the use of insulin and sulphonylureas.
|Autori:||Maggi S, Noale M, Pilotto A, Tiengo A, Cavallo Perin P, Crepaldi G, Del Prato S; Metabolic Working Group.|
|Titolo:||The METABOLIC Study: Multidimensional assessment of health and functional status in older patients with type 2 diabetes taking oral antidiabetic treatment|
|Anno del prodotto:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.diabet.2013.02.003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|