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Measurement of diabetes, prediabetes and their associated risk factors in Myanmar 2014

Authors Latt TS, Zaw KK, Ko K, Hlaing MM, Ohnmar M, Oo ES, Thein KMM, Yuasa M

Received 7 November 2017

Accepted for publication 26 October 2018

Published 4 March 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 291—298


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Ming-Hui Zou

Tint-Swe Latt,1,2 Ko-Ko Zaw,3 Ko Ko,4 Moh-Moh Hlaing,3 Mya Ohnmar,3 Ei-Sandar Oo,5 Kyaw-Myint-Myat Thein,6 Motoyuki Yuasa2

1Myanmar Diabetes Association, Yangon, Myanmar; 2Department of Public Health, Juntendo University, Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan; 3Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health and Sports, Naypyidaw, Myanmar; 4University of Medicine 2, Yangon, Myanmar; 5University of Public Health, Yangon, Myanmar; 6Diabetes Project, Department of Health, Ministry of Health and Sports, Naypyidaw, Myanmar

Background: Myanmar, a low-income Southeast Asia country with an estimated population of 53.9 million, is currently facing an increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases. Research that systematically measures and reports the national prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes within Myanmar represents a gap in the literature. This study, a national survey, was conducted with the objectives of 1) measuring diabetic population, 2) measuring the prediabetic population, and 3) finding out the risk factors leading to diabetes and prediabetes in Myanmar.
Method: Multistage sampling was applied in proportional cluster approach to recruit a nationally representative sample of 8,575 participants from 52 townships selected to represent 332 townships across the country. The Ethical Committee of the Department of Medical Research (Lower Myanmar) approved the current study. Fasting plasma glucose and the level of glucose 2 hours after 75 g glucose load were applied, to screen for diabetes and prediabetes. Interviewer-administered questionnaires were carried out to investigate demographic and lifestyle behaviors. Stadiometer, weighing scale, measuring tape, and Omron blood pressure monitor measuring devices were used for the anthropometric measurements. Survey data analysis used STATA version 13 and application of descriptive statistics with multinomial logistic regression.
Result: Prevalence of diabetes in Myanmar was 10.8%: 11.5% in males and 9.2% in females. Overall prevalence of prediabetes was 19.7%: 16.5% in males and 23% in females. Increasing age, urban residence, big waist circumference, and high triglyceride level were significant factors associated with diabetes and prediabetes. Many people with diabetes were found to lack knowledge and awareness of diabetes.
Conclusion: Diabetes prevalence in Myanmar is high, and relatively higher than that reported in many Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries. The study findings call for urgent nationwide public health action in Myanmar such as screening people at risk of diabetes and prevention of the disease. The findings can also assist the health authority in Myanmar with the preparation and allocation of resources for diabetes prevention.

Keywords: Yangon, waist circumference, prediabetes, diabetes, triglyceride

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