Public health burden of pre-diabetes and diabetes in Luxembourg: Finding from the 2013-2015 European Health Examination Survey

Valéry Bocquet*, Maria Ruiz-Castell, Carine De Beaufort, Jessica Barré, Nathalie De Rekeneire, Georges Michel, Richard P. Donahue, Andrea Kuemmerle, Saverio Stranges

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Objective The aim of this study was to determine the burden and risk factors of prediabetes and diabetes in the general adult population of Luxembourg. Design Cross-sectional survey between 2013 and 2015. Setting Data were collected as part of the European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg (EHES-LUX). Participants 1451 individuals were recruited in a random sample of the 25-64-year-old population of Luxembourg. Outcomes Diabetes was defined by a glycaemic biomarker (fasting plasma glucose (FPG) ≥7.0 mmol/L), self-reported medication and medical diagnosis; prediabetes by a glycaemic biomarker (FPG 5.6-6.9 mmol/L), no self-reported medication and no medical diagnosis. Undiagnosed diabetes was defined only from the glycaemic biomarker; the difference between total and undiagnosed diabetes was defined as diagnosed diabetes. Odds of diabetes and prediabetes as well as associated risk factors were estimated. Results The weighted prevalence of prediabetes and diabetes was 25.6% and 6.5%, respectively. Nearly 4.8% (men: 5.8%; women: 3.8%) were diagnosed diabetes and 1.7% (men: 2.6%; women: 0.7%) were undiagnosed diabetes. The multivariable-adjusted OR (MVOR) for diabetes risk were: Age 1.05 (95% CI 1.01 to 1.09), family history of diabetes 3.24 (1.95-5.38), abdominal obesity 2.63 (1.53-4.52), hypertension 3.18 (1.76-5.72), one-unit increase of triglycerides 1.16 (1.10-1.22) and total cholesterol 0.74 (0.64-0.86). The MVOR for prediabetes risk were: Age 1.04 (95% CI 1.02 to 1.06), male sex 1.84 (1.30-2.60), moderate alcohol consumption 1.38 (1.01-1.89), family history of diabetes 1.52 (1.13-2.05), abdominal obesity 1.44 (1.06-1.97), second-generation immigrants 0.61 (0.39-0.95) and a one-unit increase of serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol 0.70 (0.54-0.90). Conclusions In Luxembourg, an unexpectedly high number of adults may be affected by prediabetes and diabetes. Therefore, these conditions should be addressed as a public health priority for the country, requiring measures for enhanced detection and surveillance, which are currently lacking, especially in primary care settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere022206
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • epidemiology
  • european health examination survey
  • general diabetes
  • prevalence
  • public health


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