Glycaemic Control for People with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Bangladesh - An urgent need for optimization of management plan

Afsana Afroz, Liaquat Ali, Md. Nazmul Karim, Mohammed J. Alramadan, Khurshid Alam, Dianna J. Magliano, Baki Billah

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Aims: The objective of this study was to identify the determinants of glycaemic control among people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Bangladesh. A cross-sectional study was carried out during March to September 2017, and 1253 adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were recruited from six hospitals. Data were collected from patients via face-to-face interview, and their medical records were reviewed. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed. Among the participants, 53.2% were male. Mean (+/- SD) age was 54.1 (+/- 12.1) years and mean (+/- SD) duration of diabetes was 9.9 (+/- 7.2) years. About 82% participants had inadequate glycaemic control (HbA1c >= 7%) and 54.7% had very poor control (HbA1c >= 9%). Low education level, rural residence, unhealthy eating habits, insulin use, infrequent follow up check-ups and history of coronary artery diseases found associated with inadequate and very poor controls. Being female and smokeless tobacco consumer appeared to be associated with inadequate control however cognitive impairment was associated with very poor control only. Prevalence of inadequate glycaemic level was very high in Bangladesh. Having understood relatable lifestyle modification factors, demographics and co-morbidities among people with type 2 diabetes, health care providers in conjunction with patients should work together to address the glycaemic control.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10248
Number of pages10
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019

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