A comparison of diabetic control status between urban and rural diabetic patients in Taiwan.

C. H. Tseng, C. J. Chang, C. C. Fu, M. S. Chen, C. S. Kao, T. J. Wu, H. P. Wu, L. M. Chuang, T. Y. Tai

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Abstract

Between 1985 and 1987, in two urban and five rural areas in Taiwan, a total of 16,636 subjects aged 40 or over were screened for diabetes mellitus according to the WHO criteria. Four hundred and fifty-two previously diagnosed patients and 274 newly diagnosed patients were found. All were non-insulin-dependent diabetics. The blood glucose control status was compared between the urban and rural previously diagnosed diabetics. Those living in the rural areas were found to have better control with a higher percentage under regular treatment. Stepwise multiple regression failed to discover a significant correlation between control status and any of the following factors: sex, age, body mass index (BMI), diabetic duration, treatment regularity, exercise, occupation, education, family income and the presence of hypertension or large vessel diseases. About 30% of the patients in rural areas and 40% in urban areas were poorly controlled. This indicates that our diabetic control program should be strengthened.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-671
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi
Volume89
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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