, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 231–234 | Cite as

Epidemiological studies of diabetes mellitus in Denmark: 4. Clinical characteristics of insulin-treated diabetes

  • A. Green
  • P. Hougaard


We report the clinical characteristics of all insulin-treated diabetic patients (783 males and 716 females) living on July 11973 in a Danish county. In 18 patients diabetes was believed to be secondary to another disease or condition. Of all patients, 43% of the males and 55% of the females were > age 50 years and 42% and 36% of males and females, respectively, had a disease duration of < 10 years. The overall proportion of patients treated permanently with insulin from diagnosis was 85% and 79% in males and females, respectively, but within the subgroup of patients with current age < 30 years these proportions were 99% and 96%, respectively. Statistical analysis indicated that insulin-treated diabetes is a clinically heterogeneous group of diseases; thus, low age at onset combined with immediate and permanent insulin treatment delineate one subtype, while relatively high age at onset and late start and/or interruption of insulin treatment delineate other subtype(s). It is estimated that the proportion of patients with truly Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes is > 50% in this cross-sectional population of insulin-treated patients.

Key words

Epidemiology insulin-treated diabetes prevalence heterogeneity 


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© Springer-Verlag 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Green
    • 1
  • P. Hougaard
    • 2
  1. 1.University Institute of Clinical GeneticsOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.Statistical Research UnitThe Danish Medical and Social Science Research CouncilsCopenhagenDenmark

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