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Diabetic Medicine
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 28  |  Issue: 7  |  Page No.: 785 - 788

The association between anxiety and measures of glycaemia in a population-based diabetes screening programme

N. Aujla, M. J. Davies, T. C. Skinner, L. J. Gray, D. R. Webb, B. Srinivasan and K. Khunti    

Abstract: Aim  To investigate associations between anxiety and measures of glycaemia in a White European and South Asian population attending community-based diabetes screening.

Methods  In total, 4688 White European and 1353 South Asian participants (aged 40-75 years) without a previous diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes underwent an oral glucose tolerance test and HbA1c measurement, detailed history, anthropometric measurements and completed the short-form Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory.

Results  Anxiety was significantly higher in South Asian participants (mean 34.1; sd 0.37) compared with White European participants (mean 29.8; sd 0.13). Significant correlations were not identified between anxiety and fasting (r = −0.01, P = 0.75), 2-h glucose (r = −0.10, P = 0.24) or HbA1c (r = 0.01, P = 0.40).

Conclusions  Anxiety levels at screening were greater among South Asian people. Fasting, 2-h plasma glucose and HbA1c are not affected by anxiety during screening tests for diabetes. Current and proposed screening methods for diagnosis of diabetes are not affected by anxiety at screening.

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