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Research Article

Peripheral Artery Disease in Type 2 Diabetic Patients from the United Arab Emirates

Juma M Al-Kaabi1, Fatma Al Maskari2*, Taoufik Zoubeidi3, Abdishakur Abdulle1, Syed M Shah2, Paul Cragg4, Bachar Afandi4 and Abdul-Kader Souid5

1Departments of Internal Medicine, UAE University, Al-Ain, Abu-Dhabi, UAE

2Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al-Ain, Abu-Dhabi, UAE

3Department of Statistics, College of Business and Economics, UAE University, Al-Ain, Abu-Dhabi, UAE

4Diabetes Center, Tawam-Jones Hopkins Hospital, Al-Ain, Abu-Dhabi, UAE

5Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al-Ain, Abu-Dhabi, UAE

*Corresponding Author:
Fatma Al-Maskari
Institute of Public Health
Director of Zayed Bin Sultan Center for Health Sciences
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
UAE University, PO Box 17666, Al-Ain, UAE
Tel: 0097137137452
Fax: 0097137672995
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 11, 2014; Accepted date: June 06, 2014; Published date: June 10, 2014

Citation: Al-Kaabi JM, Al Maskari F, Zoubeidi T, Abdulle A, Shah SM, et al. (2014) Peripheral Artery Disease in Type 2 Diabetic Patients from the United Arab Emirates. J Diabetes Metab 5:388. doi: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000388

Copyright: © 2014 Maskari FA, 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.


Objectives: Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is common in patients with diabetes. Frequently, this complication is only recognized when the symptoms and signs are advanced. This study assessed its prevalence and associated risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who reside in the United Arab Emirates. The main purpose of the study was to identify potential disease modifiers that could be included in diabetic education programs.

Methods: This prospective, cross-sectional study assessed PAD in 394 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Each patient was investigated by history, physical examination and measurements of the ankle-brachial index (ABI) by bidirectional doppler.

Results: Patients’ mean (±SD) age was 54 (±12) years and duration of diabetes 10 (±8) years. There were 264 females (67%). HbA1c was ≥7% in 247 (65%) patients, claudication present in 166 (42%) patients, reduced capillary refill time in 69 (17%) patients, retinopathy in 50 (13%) patients, and absent pulse in 20 (5%) patients. ABI was ≤1.0 in 149 (39%) patients (probable PAD) and <0.9 in 33 (9%) patients (significant PAD). Current smoking [odds ratio (OR)=3.9; confidence intervals (CI)=1.5-10.3; p-value=0.007], percent HbA1c (OR=3.4; CI=1.2-10.2; p-value=0.028) and hypertension on examination (OR=1.6; CI=1.0-2.6; p-value=0.041) were significant predictors of ABI ≤1.0. Current smoking (OR=3.7; CI=1.2-10.8; p-value=0.019) was significant predictor of ABI <0.9.

Conclusions: These results confirm the deleterious effects of smoking on diabetes-association PAD. Thus, diabetic patients should be engaged in effective smoking prevention programs. Other modifiable interventions are controlling hyperglycemia and hypertension. Patients with abnormal ABI (especially <0.9) should have stringent risk assessments and be started on an individualized risk-reduction program.


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