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Ir J Med Sci. 2006 Apr-Jun;175(2):25-7.

Prevalence of anaemia in patients with diabetes mellitus.

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  • 1Dept of Endocrinology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Anaemia is an increasingly recognised entity in patients with diabetes mellitus.

AIMS:

We aimed to determine the prevalence of anaemia in our population of patients with diabetes, and to examine the factors associated with anaemia.

METHODS:

The haemoglobin (Hb) levels in a consecutive series of patients attending for annual review of their diabetes over a three-month period were measured. Patients were classified as anaemic as per the WHO criteria.

RESULTS:

During the period of study, 270 patients attended for review. Eleven per cent of males and 16% of females were anaemic. Seventy four per cent of anaemic patients had a serum creatinine <110micromol/l and 72% of anaemic patients had a calculated creatinine clearance of >60ml/min.

CONCLUSIONS:

Anaemia was relatively common in patients attending for routine outpatient diabetes clinic review. The high prevalence of anaemia supports the routine screening for anaemia in the diabetes out-patient clinic, including in those without overt nephropathy.

PMID:
16872024
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