Chronic complications in type 1 diabetes mellitus. Analysis of a cohort of 291 patients with a mean evolution time of 15 years

J. J. Chillarón, M. P. Sales, E. Sagarra, I. Castells, D. Benaiges, J. A. Flores Le-Roux, J. Pedro-Botet

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Background and objective: Micro- and macrovascular complications are the main cause of morbidity and mortality in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D). Given the scarcity of data on the subject in our population, we have analyzed the prevalence of vascular complications and possible risk factors in a cohort of T1D patients. Patients and methods: A cross-sectional study including patients aged 18 and over diagnosed of T1D with at least 6 months' evolution, seen in the Hospital del Mar, Barcelona and Hospital de Granollers during 2008 was carried out. Results: We recruited 291 patients (166 men) with a mean age of 38 years and a T1D duration of 15.3 years. There was one or more diabetes-related vascular complications in 110 (37.8%) patients. Of these, 104 (35.7%) had microvascular complications, 22 (7.6%) macrovascular, and 16 (5.5%) both. Patients with microvascular complications had a higher prevalence of tobacco use (57% smokers Vs. 47.5%, P<.05), dyslipidemia (65.4% Vs. 28.3%, P <.05), hypertension (43.3% Vs. 23.5%, P <.05) and metabolic syndrome (41.3% Vs. 18.7%, P<.001). Moreover, they were older, had a longer duration of diabetes and higher values of glycosylated hemoglobin, triglycerides and systolic blood pressure. In the logistic regression analysis, diabetes duration (OR: 1.19 [95%CI: 1.07-1.32], P=.002), glycosylated hemoglobin levels (OR: 3.33 [95%CI: 1.58-7.03], P=.002) and the absence of metabolic syndrome (OR: 0.04 [95% CI:0.002-0.72], P=.03) showed an independent association with microangiopathy. Patients with T1D and macroangiopathy had longer diabetes duration (23.3 ± 12.6 years Vs. 14.7 ± 10.9 years, in patients without complications, P <.001), higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome (50% Vs. 24.9%, in patients without complications, P=.011) and were more frequently receiving lipid lowering treatment (59.1% Vs. 27.1%, in patients without complications, P=.002). In the multiple regression model, only diabetes duration (OR: 1.047 [95% CI: 1.01-1.09], P=.019) remained independently associated with macroangiopathy. Conclusions: More than 1/3 of the T1D patients suffered a diabetes-related complication, mainly microvascular, at the time of the study. Diabetes duration and metabolic syndrome are the two mostly strongly related factors to chronic complications of DM1. © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-382
JournalRevista Clinica Espanola
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2012


  • Epidemiology
  • Macrovascular complications
  • Metabolic control
  • Microvascular complications
  • Type 1 diabetes


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