Patients with Type 2 diabetes who live in urban areas of Nepal had poorer physical health and overall quality of life (QOL) than those from rural areas, according to a study co-authored by a recent Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) graduate.
The study in the journal PLOS ONE found that more than half of the people living with diabetes surveyed at a major teaching hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, experienced depression, and that having an urban residence significantly decreased QOL scores in terms of physical health and social relationships.
The authors recommended “early diagnosis and prompt treatment of depression in (patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus) as part of their routine primary care in Nepal.”
Nepal, largely an agrarian country, has witnessed a rapid surge of diabetes cases in recent years, with the World Health Organization estimating that the prevalence rate will rise from 2 percent of the population in 2000 to 10 percent by 2030. The authors said there is a rural-urban divide in prevalence, with higher rates in cities such as Kathmandu, the capital.
To read more about the study, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2015/12/15/outcomes-worse-for-diabetes-patients-from-urban-areas/