Journal Article Comparison of Psychological Distress between Type 2 Diabetes Patients with and without Proteinuria

Asakura, Rie  ,  Miyatake, Nobuyuki  ,  Dokai Mochimasu, Kazumi  ,  Kurato, Risa  ,  Kuwana, Susumu

71 ( 4 )  , pp.309 - 314 , 2017-08 , Okayama University Medical School
We investigated the link between proteinuria and psychological distress among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). A total of 130 patients with T2DM aged 69.1±10.3 years were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Urine and blood parameters, age, height, body weight, and medications were analyzed, and each patient’s psychological distress was measured using the six-item Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6). We compared the K6 scores between the patients with and without proteinuria. Forty-two patients (32.3%) had proteinuria (≥±) and the level of HbA1c was 7.5±1.3%. The K6 scores of the patients with proteinuria were significantly higher than those of the patients without proteinuria even after adjusting for age and sex. The clinical impact of proteinuria rather than age, sex and HbA1c was demonstrated by a multiple regression analysis. Proteinuria was closely associated with higher psychological distress. Preventing and improving proteinuria may reduce psychological distress in patients with T2DM.

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