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09-19-2017 | Cardiovascular outcomes | EASD 2017 | News

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Simple wellbeing query predicts MACE in type 2 diabetes

medwireNews: Asking two simple questions about the vitality and energy of patients with type 2 diabetes may help healthcare providers to predict their risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE).

Swedish researchers found that, among the questions in the Short Form-36 questionnaire, those relating to the absence of vitality, as opposed to the presence of tiredness or feeling worn out, were predictive of MACE. Patients who, at baseline, said they had seldom felt “full of pep” or had “a lot of energy” during the preceding 4 weeks had respective 32% and 44% increases in the risk for MACE or death during an average 7 years of follow-up.

The prospective study included 761 patients aged 55–66 years. During follow-up, 59 patients died or had MACE. The associations with vitality were independent of variables including age, diabetes duration, glycated hemoglobin levels, smoking, and blood pressure, presenter Marta Vergara (Linköping University) told delegates at the EASD annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

By Eleanor McDermid

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