Prevalance of Chronic Complications and Drug Utilization Pattern of Type II Diabetes Mellitus
Santusta Adhikari1, Sunil Shrestha1*, Rajani Shakya2, Niranjan Koirala3
1Pharm.D, Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal.
2Head of Department, Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal.
3Head of Department, Department of Medical Biochemistry, Pokhara University, Sinamangal, Nepal.
Corresponding Author: Sunil Shrestha, Pharm.D, Department of Pharmacy, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal,
- Received Date: 27 Feb 2017 Accepted Date: 08 Mar 2017 Published Date: 13 Mar 2017
- Copyright © 2017 Shrestha S
Citation: Adhikari S, Shrestha S, Shakya R and Koirala N. (2017). Prevalance of Chronic Complications and Drug Utilization Pattern of Type II Diabetes Mellitus. M J Diab 1(1): 006.
Background: Diabetes is an emerging global health problem in Nepal. Currently there is dearth of nation-wide data regarding
the prevalence of chronic complications and drug utilization pattern. This study will help health-care professionals
approach management more aggressively to prevent complications.
Objectives: To assess the prevalence of chronic complications of type 2 diabetes and analyze drug utilization pattern at tertiary care health centers of Nepal.
Methods: This is a descriptive, prescription based, and retrospective study. A sample size of 98 was selected systematically. Data were collected from patient case records and Prescriptions. The obtained data were entered in the structured patient profile form, and the filled forms were analyzed.
Results: Out of the total 98 cases evaluated, 52 (53.06%) were males and 46(46.93%) were females. The mean age was 54.24±12.48. At least one chronic complication was found in 71(72.44%) of the study subjects. The prevalence of the associated diabetic complications were as follows viz. Hypertension (51.02%), IHD (23.46%), retinopathy (28.57%), nephropathy (24.48%) Neuropathy (15.30%), dyslipidemia (45.91%), diabetic foot (5.10%) and cerebrovascular conditions (1.02%). The overall utilization pattern of drugs were as follows viz. anti-diabetics ( 39.30%), anti-hypertensive ( 12.59%), antiplatelets( 9.6%), lipid lowering agents ( 10.2%), vitamins and minerals ( 10.58%),GI drugs( 7.29%), antimicrobials( 5.29%), others (5.10%). Among anti-diabetic drugs, metformin (39.30%) was the most preferred agent both as monotherapy and combination therapy. Likewise, preferred drugs for management of hypertension, IHD, dyslipidemia and neuropathy were ACEI (28.98%), Aspirin (75.47%), Atorvastatin (78.57%), and Amitriptyline (41.1%) respectively.
Conclusion:The prevalence of chronic complication among type 2 diabetic patients was found to be high. Although poly pharmacy was observed, drug utilization pattern can be rational owing to higher prevalence of complications. Early diagnosis, intensive blood glucose control and rational drug selections should be encouraged to minimize the occurrence of complications.
Chronic Complication; Diabetes; Nepal; Drug Utilization.
Diabetes is defined as “A metabolic disorder of multiple etiology
characterized by chronic hyperglycemia with disturbances
of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism resulting
from defects in the insulin secretion, insulin action, or both”
(WHO). High blood Sugar is the hallmark of diabetes that increases
the risk of complications. Failure to control elevated
blood sugar or inadequate treatment of diabetes could cause
number of complications. Generally, the injurious effects of
diabetes are separated into macro vascular complications (coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, and
stroke) and micro vascular complications (diabetic nephropathy,
neuropathy, and retinopathy) . A report on diabetes
and its risk factors indicated that risk of myocardial infarction
increased by 3-6 times. Similarly, it increases the risk of heart
failure by 2-3 times, risk of amputation 45 times, blindness
10-25 times and Kidney failure 15-20 times .
Diabetes long considered a disease of minor significance to world health, is now taking its place as one of the main threats to human health in the 21st century. The global figure of people with diabetes is set to rise from the current estimate of 150 million to 220 million in 2010 and 300 million in 2025 . According to International Diabetes Federation, Four out of every five people with diabetes now live in developing countries, with most affected men and women of working age.
Diabetes is an endemic disease in Nepal, and is bringing new challenges in connection with rapid urbanization and modernization. The Nepal Diabetes Association reported that diabetes affects approximately 15% of people = 20 years and 19% of people = 40 years of age in urban areas. According to WHO, diabetes affects more than 436,000 people in Nepal, and this number will rise to 1,328,000 by 2030. The study conducted by Chhetri  showed diabetes prevalence was 25.9% and higher proportion of diabetes was demonstrated in male (27.1%) than the females (24.8%) in Kathmandu valley of Nepal. Increased body weight due to high intake of fatty and other food and low physical activity are the main reasons for the diabetes epidemic in urban Nepal. The problem of diabetes is reflected by its increasing complications. Diabetes is reported to be leading cause of chronic renal failure in Nepal .
This was the multicentre, retrospective cross sectional study. All the patients who meet inclusion criteria were taken as study population.Study site
This study was carried out in Dulikhel Hosptial, Nepal Thyroid and Endocrine Centre Hospital (Metro Clinic), Alka Hospital, Norvic International Hospital and Research Centre, and Tribhuvan University Teaching hospital.Study Population and Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
The study population of this study was all diabetic patients having complete medical record. The patients who met the inclusion criteria were enrolled in the study. The inclusion and exclusion criteria were as follows.Inclusion criteria
1. Patient diagnosed of Type II Diabetes Mellitus.Exclusion criteria:
- Patients with Type 1 Diabetes.
- Mentally retarded and psychiatric patients
- Patients below 12 and above 85 years of age
- Pregnancy induced diabetes
The study population is of 98 patients.Data Collection
Data collection form was developed to collect the data. There were two parts in data collection form; Pharmacist’s patient profile form and Medication study form.Data Entry and Analysis
Data was entered in Microsoft office Excel worksheet and was analyzed.Approval for the study
The proposal for a project work was approved from the department of Pharmacy, KU. After that approval was taken from the hospitals where data collection was done.Feasibility of the study (Pilot Study)
Pilot study was carried out for one week. Necessary changes in the data collection forms and methods were done accordingly. Data collected during pilot study are not included in data analysis.
Based on the study criteria, 98 cases were selected and taken
for the study. Of the total patient majority were male (53.06%,
N: 52) in comparison to female (46.93%, N: 46) and 40 (40.8%)
were belonged to the age group 51-60 years and 30 (30.6%)
were in the age group 41-50.
According to the body mass index (BMI), 20 (20.4%) of the patient has normal weight followed by 29 (29.59%) were overweight and 49 (50%) patient were obese. (Table 1)
|Variable||Total patient n (%)|
Of the 98 patient 37 (37.75%) shows familial association with
type 2 diabetes and 34 (34.69%) were suffering from diabetes
for 6-10 years followed by 25 (25.51%) and 18 (18.36%)
had type 2 diabetes mellitus for 11-15 years and 16-20 years
respectively. The mean glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA 1 C)
level observed in the study population was 7.2.
Patient were suffering from different types of complication. 26 (26.53%) patient do not shows any complication while majority shows single complication (N: 32, 32.65%) followed by two complication (N: 24, 24.48%) and three and more complication (N: 15, 15.30%) (Table 2).
|Variable||Total patient n (%)|
|Family history of diabetes||37 (37.75)|
|Duration of diabetes (years)|
|Prevalence of complication|
|No complication||26 (26.53)|
|Single complication||32 (32.65)|
|Two complication||24 (24.48)|
|Three and more complication||15 (15.30)|
(Table 3) shows the category wise prevalence of complication among the study population. Cardiovascular complications were observed in majority of population with gross prevalence of 73.46% followed by dyslipidemia (N: 45, 45.91%), diabetic retinopathy (N: 28, 28.57%) and diabetic nephropathy (N: 24, 24.48%). Hypertension is most prevalent among cardiovascular complication.Table 3: Category Wise Prevalence of Complications.
|Chronic heart failure||23(23.46)|
During the study period, a total of 215 OHAs were prescribed to the patient. Biguanides (N: 85, 86.7%) were the most commonly prescribed class, followed by sulphonylureas (N: 67, 68.3%), Alpha-glucosidiase inhibitors (N: 22, 22.45), sitagliptin (N: 10, 10.2%) and thiazolidinedione (N: 9, 9.2%). (Table 4) shows that 22 of the studied patient received insulin alone or in combination with oral antidiabetic drugs (15.30%) (Table 5). A significant number of patients were prescribed combinational therapy (N: 78, 79.59%) as compared to monotherapy (N: 20, 20.41%). The patients were treated with one (N: 20, 20.41%), two (N: 72, 73.47%) and three (N: 6, 6.12%) Oral Hypoglycemic Agents (OHAs). Among the various antidiabetics, sulphonylureas and Biguanides combination drug was the common class of drug accounting for 48 (48.97%) of the total antidiabetics. Details of the class of antidiabetic drugs and combination prescription pattern for enrolled patients are presented in Table 4 and 5 respectively.Table 4: Type of Hypoglycemic Agents Prescribed (n=98).
|Alpha- Glucosidiase Inhibitors||22(22.4)|
|Combination (s)||Frequency (%)|
|Glimepiride + Metformin||41(41.83)|
|Glibenclamide + Metformin||7(7.14)|
|Metformin + Acarbose||7(7.14)|
|Glimepiride + Metformin + Pioglitazone||6(6.12)|
|Sitagliptin + Metformin||2(2.04)|
|Metformin + Insulin||15(15.30)|
Figure 1:Mono-therapy and combination therapy of anti-diabetic drugs prescribed in type 2 diabetic patients.
Table 6: Management of Complications
|Class||Number of prescriptions||Percentage of total number|
|A. Cardiovascular complications||Hypertension||ACEI||20||28.98|
|IHD or prophylaxis for CV events||Aspirin Only||40||75.47|
|Atorvastatin+ Fenofibrate/ Ezetimbine||4||7.14|
|B. Peripheral Neuropathy||Amitriptyline||7||41.1|
Angiotensin converting Enzyme inhibitors (28.98%) were the most preferred agents in treatment of diabetic hypertensive followed by Angiotensin receptor blockers (27.53%), Calcium channel blockers (23%) and diuretics (14%). Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) / angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) was the most commonly prescribed drug class both in mono and combination therapy.Management of Ischemic Heart disease / CV events prophylaxis
Out of total patients, 53 (54.08%) patients received one or more anti-platelet agents for ischemic heart disease or prevention of cardiovascular complications. From this study, it was discovered that aspirin was preferred agent (75.2% out of total anti-platelet agents) as mono-therapy used among Type II Diabetes Mellitues (T2DM) patients followed by a combination of aspirin and Clopidrogel.Management of Dyslipidemia
The drug use evaluation studies of hypolipidemic agents showed that 91.87 % of the patients received statins. Fenofibrate and Ezetimibe were used rarely (9%) in combination with statins in patients with severe dyslipidemia which could not be managed by statin monotherapy. Among statins, atorvastatin (78%) was most commonly used cumulating both monotherapy and combination therapy, followed by rosuvastatin (14%).Management of diabetic neuropathic pain
Diabetic neuropathic pain was managed by Amitriptyline (41.1) in majority of cases, followed by the anticonvulsants (Pregabalin (17.6%), gabapentin (11.76%), duloxetine (11.76%), Acetaminophen (11.76%).Overall Utilization Patterns of Drugs
Table 7: Overall Utilization Pattern of Drugs
|Lipid lowering agents||56(10.2)|
|Vitamins and Minerals||58(10.58)|
Anti-diabetic drugs accounted for almost 40% of the prescribed drugs followed by anti-hypertensive medications, which might be due to higher prevalence of hypertension (12.59%) among diabetic patients. The utilization of lipid lowering drug and anti-platelet drug was 10% and 9% respectively. Furthermore, the utilization patterns of drugs used in management of neuropathic pain was 3.10%.
A total of 98 diabetic patients were evaluated during the study
period. In this study, male (53.06%) was found to predominant
over female (46.93%), which shows outcome similar to study
conducted, by Maskey et al., , Abdi et al., Ramesh et al.,
The mean age ± Standard deviation of total study patient was 54.24±12.48 years which goes in line with studies conducted by Syed Shahid Habib,  and Jayarama et al., Majority of patients n =40, (40.8%) were found to be in 51-60 years of age group and 30 (30.6%) patients were of the age group of 41-50 years indicating that the risk of T2DM increases after the age of 40 years. Roy V et al.,  reported similar finding regarding age wise prevalence of diabetes. This study found out the prevalence of obesity and overweight among fifty percent and thirty percent of the study population, which shows concurrence to the studies conducted by C Daousi et al.,  .Almost eighty percent of the study population was found to be either overweight or obese signifying higher prevalence of obesity or overweight among type 2 diabetic patients. Obesity is the major potentially modifiable risk factor for type 2 diabetes . Out of 98 patients, 37 patients (37.75%) had a family history of diabetes which is comparable with the study of Patel et al., . Family studies have revealed that first degree relatives of individuals with T2DM are about 3 times more likely to develop the disease than individuals without a positive family history of the disease. In our study, most of the patients had poor glycemic control as the mean HbA1c was found to be 7.20%. The findings of this study is in line with results given by Jayarama N et al., as mean HbA1 C reported to be 8.27. The highest Hb A1 C level observed in the study population was 11.5, and the lowest observed being 6.2.
In this study, 71( 72.44%) out of 98 cases, were found to have one or more complications of diabetes which is quite similar to the study conducted by Abougalambou et al.,  which reported 78% prevalence of complications. Moreover, the prevalence of complication is found to be quite higher than the studies conducted by Roaeid & Kadiki, . Cardiovascular complications were observed in majority of population with gross prevalence of 73.46%, which is comparable to a study done National Health Service, Australia (2004–05 NHS). According to the report, more than 60% of people with diabetes had at least one form of CVD. Cardiovascular complications are listed as the cause of death in ˜65% of persons with diabetes . This present study estimated that about 51% of type 2 diabetic patients are suffering from hypertension, making it one major cardiovascular complications of diabetes. The findings of this study are supported by the studies conducted India, Taiwan, Sweden, Romania and Mexico . According to world health organization, people with diabetes and hypertension have a two-fold increased risk of cardiovascular mortality compared to patients with diabetes alone (Clinical guidelines in management of hypertension, WHO 2005). Out of 98 Type 2 diabetic patients, almost 45% of patients were found to be suffering from dyslipidemia which is similar to the results of the study conducted by Samir et al, which reported that prevalence of dyslipidemia among diabetic patients to be about 50%. The result of this study is in contrast to a study conducted in western part of Nepal, which reported that prevalence of dyslipidemia in diabetic patients is 90.7%. Like-wise, the study conducted in Jordan reported that the prevalence of one or more forms of dyslipidemia in diabetic patients is more than 90% . It has been observed globally that the prevalence of dyslipidemia varies according to the study population. This study found that, 24 out of 98 study populations had diabetic nephropathy, which is in line to the study conducted in India by Klein et al., . This study reported that diabetic nephropathy is the most common cause of renal disease, accounting for about total 30 % of cases. This study found out the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy to 28.57 %, which is slightly less than global estimate of prevalence as reported to be 34.6% . This study estimated the prevalence of diabetic neuropathy to be 15.30%. This finding is supported by the study conducted in South India, which states that overall prevalence of neuropathy in South Indian type 2 diabetic subject is 19.1% . However, this finding goes in contrast with the Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (CURES-55), which reported the prevalence of Diabetic Neuropathy to be 26.1 % .
In this study, Metformin alone and Metformin in combination with other oral hypoglycemic agents were the commonly utilized therapy which goes in line with findings of Upadhyay et al., , Yurgin N et al., ; Sultana G et al., ; and in contrast to Ramesh et al, Chiang CW et al.,  where in Sulfonylureas were the commonly prescribed anti-diabetic drug. Likewise, Sudha et al.,  reported that metformin was the most prescribed drug further supporting finding of this study. Furthermore, some studies done in India and Hong Kong which reported that Glibenclamide was the most commonly prescribed anti-diabetic drug contrasting with results of this study. Among the second generation sulfonylureas, glimepiride was the most commonly prescribed along with metformin which is in accordance with study from India.
The combination of Metformin and glimepiride were most commonly preferred for management of diabetes (50%) followed by Metformin and Insulin (15.50%), which is in contrast to the study from Nigeria in which combinations of Metformin and Glibenclamide was most common combination for diabetes. Metformin and sitagliptin was the most common combination observed by Lisha Jeeny et al.,  study, while in studies conducted by Al Khaja KA et al., , metformin and sulfonylurea was the most common combination. Insulin was prescribed in 22% of the patients. A study from Spain reported that 25.3% of the patients were prescribed insulin .
Anti-diabetic drugs accounted for almost 40% of the drugs prescribed, which is quite less than the finding of the study (45%) conducted by Palaian S et al, 2008, and is greater than outcomes of study done by (29%) Raj Kumar et al., . The most commonly prescribed medication along with anti-diabetic medication was anti-hypertensive medications, which might be due to higher prevalence of hypertension (12.59%) among diabetic patients. The findings of this study is supported by the studies conducted by Shaktibala Dutta, et al., [28- 32], which reported 17.39% of anti-hypertensive in diabetic patient. The utilization of lipid lowering drug and anti-platelet drug was 10% and 9% respectively. Furthermore, the utilization patterns of drugs used in management of neuropathic pain was 3.10%. Percentage share of lipid lowering drugs observed in this study is quite higher to similar study done by Enware OO et al., (5.5%).
As per the findings of the study, type II DM was more prominent
among male gender and was highly prevalent on age
group over 50 years of age. At least one chronic complication
was found in 71 (72.44%) of the study population.
The prevalence of complications of diabetes was found to be substantial, with cardiovascular complications being the most prominent. The reasons for higher prevalence of complications might be longer duration of diabetes, poor glycemic control as observed in the study. The prevalence of the associated diabetic complications were as follows viz. Hypertension (51.02%), IHD (23.46%), retinopathy(28.57%), nephropathy (24.48%) neuropathy( 15.30%) , dyslipidemia (45.91%) , diabetic foot (5.10%) and cerebrovascular conditions (1.02%). The overall utilization pattern of drugs were as follows viz. anti- diabetics ( 39.30%), anti-hypertensive ( 12.59%), anti-platelets( 9.6%), lipid lowering agents ( 10.2%), vitamins and minerals ( 10.58%),GI drugs( 7.29%), antimicrobials( 5.29%), others (5.10%). Among anti-diabetic drugs, metformin (39.30%) was the most preferred agent both as monotherapy and combination therapy. Likewise, preferred drugs for management of hypertension, IHD, dylipidemia and neuropathy were ACEI (28.98%), Aspirin (75.47%), Atorvastain (78.57%), and Amitriptyline (41.1%) respectively.
Although poly pharmacy was observed, drug utilization pattern can be rational owing to higher prevalence of complications. Minimization of the occurrence of complications should be encouraged by early diagnosis, intensive blood glucose control and rational drug selections.
The authors would like to thank Dulikhel Hosptial, Nepal Thyroid and Endocrine Centre Hospital ( Metro Clinic ), Alka Hospital, Norvic International Hospital and Research Centre, and Tribhuvan University Teaching hospital.