Issue: 2015 > August > original article

Diabetes in patients with HIV: patient characteristics, management and screening

M.E. Roerink, R. Meijering, M. Bosch, B.E. de Galan, R. van Crevel
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Background: As HIV management has become more successful during the past years, non-communicable diseases have become more prevalent among HIV-infected individuals. As a result, more HIV-infected patients die of cardiovascular diseases, with diabetes being one of the main risk factors. This study evaluates screening and management of diabetes among HIV-infected patients in a university hospital in the Netherlands.
Methods: We examined clinical characteristics, glycaemic control and cardiovascular risk management of HIV-infected patients with coexisting diabetes, and determined the frequency of diabetes screening in those without.
Results: Of 518 HIV-infected patients, 28 had been diagnosed with diabetes (5.4%), mostly (20/28) after being diagnosed with HIV. Patients with coexisting diabetes were older, had a longer duration of HIV, lower CD4 cell counts and higher body mass index (BMI), and were more likely to use aspirin, statins and antihypertensive medication than those without diabetes (all p < 0.05). HbA1c values were below 7% (53 mmol/mol) in 54% of patients. Targets for systolic blood pressure (< 140 mmHg), LDL cholesterol (< 2.5 mmol/l) and BMI (< 25 kg/m2) were achieved by 82%, 50% and 29% of patients, respectively. Annual ophthalmology examination, screening for microalbuminuria and foot control were rarely performed. Among the patients without known diabetes, diabetes screening during the past year had been performed using (non-fasting) plasma glucose in 56% and HbA1c in 10%, but 42% of patients had not been screened.
Conclusion: For HIV-infected individuals with diabetes, glycaemic control and cardiovascular risk management were reasonable, but screening for microvascular complications was rarely performed. Annual diabetes screening of HIV-infected patients was not routine.