Type

Journal Article

Authors

Patricia M. Kearney
Ivan J Perry
Janas M. Harrington
Jamie M. Madden
Lorraine E. Fahy
Steve J. Barron
Claire M. Buckley
Kevin P. Balanda

Subjects

Physiotherapy & Sport

Topics
republic of ireland diabetes mellitus obesity ireland body mass index employment adults health survey

Prevalence of diabetes in the Republic of Ireland: Results from the National Health Survey (SLAN) 2007 (2013)

Abstract Background: Current estimates of diabetes prevalence in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) are based on UK epidemiological studies. This study uses Irish data to describe the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed diabetes amongst all adults aged 18+ years and undiagnosed diabetes amongst those aged 45+ years. Methods: The survey of lifestyle attitudes and nutrition (SLAN) 2007 is based on a nationally representative sample of Irish adults aged 18+ years (n = 10,364). Self-reported doctor-diagnosed diabetes was recorded for respondents in the full sample. Diabetes medication use, measured height and weight, and non-fasting blood samples were variously recorded in sub-samples of younger (n = 967) and older (n = 1,207) respondents. Results: The prevalence of doctor-diagnosed diabetes amongst adults aged 18+ years was 3.5% (95% CI 3.1% - 3.9%). After adjustment for other explanatory variables; the risk of self-reported doctor-diagnosed diabetes was significantly related to age (p < 0.0001), employment status (p = 0.0003) and obesity (p = 0.0003). Amongst adults aged 45+ years, the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed diabetes was 8.9% (95% CI 7.3% -10.5%) and undiagnosed diabetes was 2.8% (95% CI 1.4% - 4.1%). This represented 31.2% of diabetes cases in this age group. Conclusion: Notwithstanding methodological differences, these prevalence estimates are consistent with those in the UK and France. However, the percentage of undiagnosed cases amongst adults aged 45+ years appears to be higher in the RoI. Increased efforts to improve early detection and population level interventions to address adverse diet and lifestyle factors are urgently needed.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Patricia M. Kearney, Ivan J Perry, Janas M. Harrington, Jamie M. Madden, Lorraine E. Fahy, Steve J. Barron, Claire M. Buckley, Kevin P. Balanda

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