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The association of weight loss with patient experience and outcomes in a population of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus prescribed canagliflozin

Authors Gerlanc NM, Cai J, Tkacz J, Bolge SC, Brady BL

Received 9 December 2016

Accepted for publication 17 January 2017

Published 20 March 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 89—99


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Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Ming-Hui Zou

Nicole M Gerlanc,1 Jennifer Cai,2 Joseph Tkacz,1 Susan C Bolge,2 Brenna L Brady1

1Health Analytics, LLC Columbia, MD, USA; 2Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC Titusville, NJ, USA

Objective: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic condition complicated by being overweight or obese. This study used a patient survey to assess health, satisfaction, and diabetes self-management in relation to weight management.
Methods: A survey including the Current Health Satisfaction Questionnaire, Diabetes Distress Scale, and Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire was administered using an online platform to a sample of 205 patients with T2DM prescribed canagliflozin. Patients were placed into 5 groups based on their self-reported weight change since initiation of canagliflozin: Lost >10 lbs, Lost 5–10 lbs, Lost <5 lbs, No Change, and Gained Weight. One-way ANOVAs, Kruskall–Wallis tests, and multivariable regression were used to explore differences between weight loss groups.
Results: The majority of patients (66.8%) reported losing weight. Compared to other groups, patients who lost >10 lbs were more likely to be engaged in a weight loss program for at least 6 months. Patients in the Lost >10 lbs and Lost 5–10 lbs groups reported the greatest satisfaction with canagliflozin (p<0.05 for both). Multivariable analyses controlling for patient demographic and treatment characteristics revealed that losing >10 lbs was associated with reduced diabetes distress, improved A1c and blood glucose levels, and decreased perceived frequency of hyperglycemia (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Increased positive patient outcomes, engagement in diabetes self-management, and medication satisfaction were observed among patients who reported weight loss. These findings suggest that a T2DM regimen that includes canagliflozin as part of a weight loss regimen can help improve patient outcomes and experiences with T2DM.

Keywords: T2DM, patient outcomes, diabetes self-management, SGLT2 inhibitor, weight management

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