Diabetes mellitus and its complications in a Hungarian population

E. Adeghate, P. Schattner, Á Péter, E. Dunn, T. Donáth

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The aim of this study was to examine the disease characteristics and complications of diabetes mellitus in patients in a Hungarian rural community. Data relating to age, sex, date of onset of diabetes, fasting blood glucose values and all diseases associated with diabetics were retrieved from the medical records of patients. Almost six percent (5.7%) of the population has diabetes mellitus. The percentage of Type I diabetic patients in this population was 5.8 percent. The prevalence of diabetes was slightly but not significantly higher in females than in males. The mean age of the diabetic population was 52.1 ± 11.3 for male and 53.47 ± 15.7 for the female patients. The peak age of onset of diabetes mellitus was in the sixth decade of life. The mean fasting blood sugar value was 10.64 ± 0.6 and 10.57 ± 0.5 mmol L-1, in male and female diabetic patients (n = 103), respectively. Diabetic patients presented with many signs and symptoms in the general practice setting. The findings of this study showed that diabetics present with many disease conditions and signs and symptoms in the general practice setting. Many of these conditions are known to be associated with diabetes while others are not. As a result of the adverse effects of diabetes mellitus on the cardiovascular system and on body metabolism as a whole, the damage and morbidity caused by diabetes mellitus may have been underestimated. The results of this study have shed light on the unrecognised complications of diabetes mellitus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-291
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Issue number3 SPEC ISS.
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001


  • Complications
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Epidemiology
  • Hungary
  • Rural community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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