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Table 4 Association between diabetes-discordant comorbidities and diabetes severity among German adults aged 50 years and older with known diabetes mellitus (N = 1035)

From: Prevalence and comorbidity of diabetes mellitus among non-institutionalized older adults in Germany - results of the national telephone health interview survey ‘German Health Update (GEDA)’ 2009

  COR1 95% CI COR2 95% CI
Model 1     
No. of diabetes-discordant comorbidities 1.38 1.24-1.53 1.40 1.25-1.55
Model 2     
Type of diabetes-discordant comorbidities     
Lower respiratory disease 2.59 1.66-4.05 2.75 1.72-4.40
Digestive disease 1.34 0.76-2.39 1.42 0.79-2.57
Musculoskeletal diseases 1.54 1.07-2.21 1.53 1.06-2.21
Chronic liver disease 1.79 0.87-3.67 1.86 0.84-4.16
Any cancers 0.67 0.41-1.11 0.63 0.38-1.07
Depression 2.07 1.23-3.48 2.21 1.33-3.67
Severe hearing impairment 2.93 1.16-7.37 2.90 1.17-7.15
  1. National Health Telephone Interview Survey ‘German Health Update (GEDA)’ 2009.
  2. COR = Cumulative odds ratios (COR) as obtained from multivariable ordinal regression analysis with grade of diabetes severity (grade 1–4) as the dependent variable.
  3. COR1: adjusted for age (continuous variable) and sex.
  4. COR2: adjusted for age (continuous variable), sex, region of residence, body mass index, smoking status, sports activities and educational attainment.
  5. Model 1: with no. of diabetes-discordant comorbidities as explanatory variable.
  6. Model 2: with types of diabetes-discordant comorbidities as explanatory variables.