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Safita N.,Helmholtz Center Munich | Safita N.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Islam S.M.S.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Islam S.M.S.,International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research Bangladesh | And 10 more authors.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes | Year: 2016

Background: Little is known about the association between diabetes and health related quality of life (HRQL) in lower-middle income countries. This study aimed to investigate HRQL among individuals with and without diabetes in Bangladesh. Methods: The analysis is based on data of a case-control study, including 591 patients with type 2 diabetes (cases) who attended an outpatient unit of a hospital in Dhaka and 591 age -and sex-matched individuals without diabetes (controls). Information about socio-demographic characteristics, health conditions, and HRQL were assessed in a structured interview. HRQL was measured with the EuroQol (EQ) visual analogue scale (VAS) and the EQ five-dimensional (5D) descriptive system. The association between diabetes status and quality of life was examined using multiple linear and logistic regression models. Results: Mean EQ-VAS score of patients with diabetes was 11.5 points lower (95 %-CI: -13.5, -9.6) compared to controls without diabetes. Patients with diabetes were more likely to report problems in all EQ-5D dimensions than controls, with the largest effect observed in the dimensions 'self-care' (OR = 5.9; 95 %-CI: 2.9, 11.8) and 'mobility' (OR = 4.5; 95 %-CI: 3.0, -6.6). In patients with diabetes, male gender, high education, and high-income were associated with higher VAS score and diabetes duration and foot ulcer associated with lower VAS scores. Other diabetes-related complications were not significantly associated with HRQL. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the impact of diabetes on HRQL in the Bangladeshi population is much higher than what is known from western populations and that unlike in western populations comorbidities/complications are not the driving factor for this effect. © 2016 The Author(s).


Safiullah Sarker M.,International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research Bangladesh | Safiullah Sarker M.,University of Dhaka | Rahman M.,International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research Bangladesh | Urmi A.Z.,International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research Bangladesh | And 3 more authors.
AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses | Year: 2011

Circulating recombinant form (CRF) 16-A2D is a rare HIV strain among the most recently identified subsubtype A2. Samples taken from an HIV-seropositive married couple who attended a voluntary counseling and testing unit in Dhaka, Bangladesh showed two rare CRF16-A2D isolates. Further genetic analyses targeting three HIV genes (gag, pol, and env) showed that the two isolates from the couple were closely related making it likely that one of them acquired the virus and transferred it to the other. The husband admitted that he had contact with sex workers and both wife and husband had never traveled outside the country. This indicates that the husband might have acquired the virus from sex workers and that this rare strain is already circulating in the country. Detecting unusual isolates is important to determine the true diversity of HIV strains in the country. Monitoring of such strains will help in identifying transmission patterns and possible interventions to prevent the spread of HIV infection. © Copyright 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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