Socioeconomic differences in the development and prevention of type 2 diabetes: Focus on education and lifestyle

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Abstract

During recent decades, changes in society and environment have led to changes in lifestyle. As a result, risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as obesity and physical inactivity, have increased in the population. Further, socioeconomic factors play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. The aim of the present study was to examine the role of socioeconomic status in determining the risk factors, occurrence, comorbidities, and prevention of type 2 diabetes. The present study is based on three population-based, cross-sectional surveys (FIN-D2D, FINRISK and AVTK), and one clinical, longitudinal, randomized intervention study (DPS). When appropriate, the incident diagnoses of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases were identified through linkage with the national registers on reimbursement rights, hospitalizations, and mortality. Hyperglycaemia was more common among those with low education compared with those with medium and high education. The incidence of type 2 diabetes has increased among Finnish men, but not among women, and has occurred predominantly among men with low and middle educational attainment. Obesity explained some but not all of this variation between socioeconomic classes. On the other hand, no evidence was found to suggest that low socioeconomic status increases the development of comorbidities among people with diabetes or decreases the effectiveness of lifestyle intervention aiming to prevent type 2 diabetes among people at risk. Furthermore, the national diabetes prevention programme succeeded in increasing awareness of type 2 diabetes among the population, regardless of socioeconomic status. This study provides knowledge to support future activities to prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases and suggests that interventions can diminish health disparities.
Original languageEnglish
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Lindström, Jaana, Supervisor, External person
  • Peltonen, Markku, Supervisor, External person
Award date20 Jun 2018
Place of PublicationHelsinki
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-951-51-4223-8
Electronic ISBNs978-951-51-4224-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)

Fields of Science

  • Sex Factors
  • Social Class
  • Program Evaluation
  • 3121 Internal medicine
  • 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

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Socioeconomic differences in the development and prevention of type 2 diabetes : Focus on education and lifestyle. / Wikström, Katja.

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Wikström K. Socioeconomic differences in the development and prevention of type 2 diabetes: Focus on education and lifestyle. Helsinki: Helsingin yliopisto, 2018. 97 p. (Dissertationes scholae doctoralis ad sanitatem investigandam Universitatis Helsinkiensis; 23/2018 ).