Social inequality in type 2 diabetes mellitus in the Faroe Islands: a cross-sectional study

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  • Var Honnudottir
  • Louise Hansen
  • Anna Sofia Veyhe
  • Andersen, Ingelise
  • Pal Weihe
  • Marin Strom
  • Magni Mohr

Aims: The Faroe Islands is considered a homogeneous society and has a low Gini coefficient, but the knowledge about the social distribution of health and disease is sparse. In a large population-based sample we investigated: (a) the association between socioeconomic position defined by level of education and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus by self-report in the Faroe Islands; and (b) to what degree lifestyle factors mediate the association. Methods: We used cross-sectional data from the population-based Public Health Survey Faroes 2015 (n=1095). We present odds ratios for type 2 diabetes mellitus by socioeconomic position from logistic regression models. In our main model we adjusted for potential confounders and in a secondary model we additionally adjusted for potential mediating lifestyle factors. Results: Individuals with middle and low levels of education display higher odds ratios of type 2 diabetes mellitus of 2.80 (95% confidence interval 1.32-5.92) and 4.65 (95% confidence interval 1.93-11.17) in adjusted analysis, respectively, compared to their counterparts with high education. After adjustment for potentially mediating lifestyle factors the estimates were attenuated slightly, but a significant statistical association remained, with lifestyle-related mediating factors in total explaining 21% for middle education and 34% for low education participants. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that there may be a social gradient in the distribution of type 2 diabetes mellitus in the Faroe Islands, and that the association is partly mediated by lifestyle factors.

Original languageEnglish
Book seriesScandinavian Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)638-645
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2022

    Research areas

  • Social inequality, health, type 2 diabetes, socioeconomic position, cross-sectional study, SOCIOECONOMIC POSITION, LIFE-STYLE, RISK, PREVALENCE

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