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Research Article

Adult-Onset Autoimmune Diabetes is Largely due to Modifiable Risk Factors: Results from the Norwegian HUNT Study

Bahareh Rasouli1*, Tomas Andersson1, Valdemar Grill2, Kristian Midthjell3, Lisa Olsson1,4 and Sofia Carlsson1

1Unit of Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

2NTNU Institute of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Trøndheim University Hospital, Norway

3HUNT Research Centre, Department of Community Medicine and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

4Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Bahareh Rasouli
Unit of Epidemiology
Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM)
KarolinskaInstitutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
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Received date: September 26, 2013; Accepted date: October 30, 2013; Published date: November 05, 2013

Citation: Rasouli B, Andersson T, Grill V, Midthjell K, Olsson L, et al. (2013) Adult- Onset Autoimmune Diabetes is Largely due to Modifiable Risk Factors: Results from the Norwegian HUNT Study. J Diabetes Metab 4:306. doi:10.4172/2155-6156.1000306

Copyright: © 2013 Rasouli B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: Adult-onset autoimmune diabetes is prevalent, yet there are limited data on risk factors.

Aim: Our aim was to examine how combinations of modifiable lifestyle factors are associated with risk of adultonset autoimmune diabetes and to estimate the Population Attributable Risk (PAR) related to such factors.

Methods: We used incidence data from Nord-Trøndelag Health Survey Study (HUNT), a large population-based study where adults aged ≥ 20 years old were investigated in three consecutive surveys during 1984-2008 (n=49,712; eligible for this study).Among self-reported diabetes patients, presence of Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase Antibodies (GADA) and age at onset ≥ 35 years old were used to identify incident cases of adult-onset autoimmune diabetes (n=164). Hazard Ratios (HR) of autoimmune diabetes by lifestyle factors were estimated by Cox regression and PAR were calculated for single items and combination of lifestyle factors.

Results: A reduced risk of adult-onset autoimmune diabetes was conferred by BMI<25, physical activity, regular alcohol consumption and psychosocial well-being. Positivity for all four healthy lifestyle factors gave a HR of 0.10 (95% CI=0.02-0.40) compared with no positivity. Estimation of PAR indicated that 69% (CI=45-79%) of all cases of adult-onset autoimmune diabetes could be prevented through these factors with BMI< 25 as the most important contributor (PAR for BMI ≥ 25= 34%, CI=20-48%).

Conclusions: Provided that these associations are causal, then the majority of adult-onset autoimmune diabetes cases are preventable by modification of common lifestyle factors primarily by maintaining a BMI in the non-overweight range.


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