• Awareness of diabetes complications in an Irish population.

      O'Sullivan, E P; Bhargava, A; O'Callaghan, M; Buckley, U; De Faoite, T; Moynihan, K; Thabit, H; Walsh, C H; Sreenan, S; Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, South Infirmary Victoria University, Hospital, Cork, Ireland. eoinposullivan@yahoo.i.e (2012-02-01)
      BACKGROUND: Patients' awareness of the increased cardiovascular risk associated with their diabetes is poorly documented. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the awareness of diabetes complications among patients with diabetes in Ireland. METHODS: Patients attending diabetes outpatient clinics in two teaching hospitals in different regions of the country were invited to complete a questionnaire. RESULTS: A total of 258 (59.3% male) patients completed the questionnaire; mean age 57.8 years. On questioning, 53.5% reported cardiovascular disease as a potential complication of diabetes, with awareness rates of 61.2, 17.1, 16.3 and 12% for retinopathy, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and amputation, respectively. Disappointingly, less than half of respondents felt that improvements in diet and exercise could potentially reduce their cardiovascular risk. CONCLUSIONS: Awareness of cardiovascular risk and knowledge of effective measures to reduce this were low in our study and an alternative means of education may need to be considered.