Obesity, weight reduction and NASH among type 2 diabetics

Medicollect has gathered answers from 2.247 members with type 2 diabetes of its Danish Research Panel (forskningspanelet.dk). The survey was conducted online 29.-31. January 2018. And we would like to share the results with you.

Type 2 diabetes and overweight are closely connected. But to what extend? What is the average BMI for a person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? The answer is 31.4.

BMI among type 2 diabetics – distribution in weight classes

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But what do people do about their overweight? This issue is approached with two questions.

Have you within the last year reduced your weight with 10 kilos or more?

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Have you undergone a weight reduction gastric bypass?

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There is an increased focus on Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and particularly the more serious version NASH (Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis). Not only because the prevalence is estimated to have doubled since 2000, but also because new treatments are being developed.

NASH is a silent disease, i.e it shows no symptoms. Therefor it is seldom diagnosed. The prevalence of NASH is widely discussed, estimates range from 2-5% of the adult population. The disease is much more common among type 2 diabetics (40% of all NASH patients have diabetes). But the question is, how many type 2 diabetics are actually diagnosed with NASH?

Have you been diagnosed with Non Alcoholic Liver Disease, NAFLD or NASH?

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Only 17 out of 2.247 (1,3%) type 2 diabetics report having a NASH/NAFLD diagnose. This is considerably lower than the estimated prevalence among type 2 diabetics (10-15%).

So the conclusion is, that only 1 out of 10 NASH patients (among type 2 diabetics) are diagnosed.