Brenda W.C. Bongaerts

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OBJECTIVE Inflammatory processes have been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic distal sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSPN), but their possible relationship has not been assessed at the population level. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We determined serum concentrations of mediators of subclinical inflammation among 1,047 participants 61-82 years of age(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence of distal sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSPN) in an older population and to examine its relationship with prediabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Glucose tolerance status was determined in 61- to 82-year-old participants (n = 1,100) of the population-based Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg (KORA) F4(More)
OBJECTIVE Distal sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSPN) is a severe complication of type 2 diabetes. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of unawareness of DSPN in prediabetes and diabetes in a sample of the older population of Augsburg, Germany. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Glucose tolerance status was determined in 61- to 82-year-old participants of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Early detection of diabetes and prediabetic states is beneficial for patients, but may be delayed by patients´ being overly optimistic about their own health. Therefore, we assessed how persons without known diabetes perceive their risk of having or developing diabetes, and we identified factors associated with perception of diabetes risk. (More)
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