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Sociodemographic patterning of long-term diabetes mellitus control following Japan's 3.11 triple disaster: a retrospective cohort study

Claire Leppold, Masaharu Tsubokura, Akihiko Ozaki, Shuhei Nomura, Yuki Shimada, Tomohiro Morita, Sae Ochi, Tetsuya Tanimoto, Masahiro Kami, Yukio Kanazawa, Tomoyoshi Oikawa, Sarah Hill

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016


OBJECTIVE: To assess the sociodemographic patterning of changes in glycaemic control of patients with diabetes affected by the 2011 triple disaster in Japan (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was undertaken with 404 patients with diabetes at a public hospital in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture. Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels were measured in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to capture changes in glycaemic control postdisaster. Age, sex, urban/rural residency, evacuation status and medication use were also assessed. RESULTS: There was an overall deterioration in glycaemic control after the disaster, with the mean HbA1c rising from 6.77% in 2010 to ..

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