HealthDay News — According to a study published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, HIV-infected adults have diabetes mellitus (DM) prevalence of 10.3%, which is higher than general population adults.

Alfonso Hernandez-Romieu, MBBS, MPH, from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues used nationally representative survey data from 2009 to 2010 from the Medical Monitoring Project (8610 HIV-infected adults) and from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (5604 adults) to compare the prevalence of DM.

The researchers found that the prevalence of DM was 10.3% in HIV-infected adults, which was 3.8% higher than in general population adults. 

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Compared with general population adults, HIV-infected subgroups, including women, individuals aged 20 to 44 years, and non-obese individuals had increased DM prevalence (prevalence differences, 5.0, 4.1, and 3.5%, respectively).

Among HIV-infected adults, factors associated with DM included age, duration of HIV infection, geometric mean CD4 cell count, and obesity.

“Given the large burden of DM among HIV-infected adults, additional research would help to determine whether DM screening guidelines should be modified to include HIV infection as a risk factor for DM and to identify optimal management strategies in this population,” the authors write.


Hernandez-Romieu AC, Garg S, Rosenberg ES, et al. “Is Diabetes Prevalence Higher Among HIV-Infected Individuals Compared with the General Population? Evidence from MMP and NHANES 2009–2010.” BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. 2017;5:e000304. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000304

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