Table 6

Sensitivity Analyses of associations between diabetes severity and use of complementary medicine (CM)* to treat/manage type-2 diabetes
UOR 95% CI AOR§ 95% CI
Analysis includes all individuals coded as having type-2 diabetes
Count of diabetes severity measures includes anxiety or depression
0-2 measures Ref Ref
>=3 measures 1.16 0.77-1.77 1.64 1.07-2.52
Anxiety or Depression
No Ref Ref
Yes 1.05 .65-1.7 1.16 .64-2.12
Alternate coding strategies for type-2 diabetes which vary the age at which diabetes was diagnosis
<20 years old
Original count of diabetes severity measures||
0-2 measures ref Ref
>=3 measures 1.21 .80-1.83 1.78 1.13-2.81
<15 years old
Original count of diabetes severity measures||
0-2 measures ref Ref
>=3 measures 1.18 .78-1.78 1.75 1.11-2.76
<10 years old
Original count of diabetes severity measures||
0-2 measures ref Ref
>=3 measures 1.25 .84-1.85 1.79 1.14-2.80

* CM use, the dependent variable for this study, was defined as use of any of the following in the past 12 months: acupuncture, Ayurveda, biofeedback, chelation therapy, chiropractic care, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, energy healing therapy/Reiki, folk medicine, hypnosis, massage therapy, movement based therapies, naturopathy, herbal supplements and other non-vitamin/non-mineral dietary supplements (NVNMDS), homeopathic treatment, diet-based therapies, traditional healers, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and relaxation techniques.

† unadjusted or crude odds ratio.

‡ 95% confidence interval.

§ Adjusted Odds Ratio. The model controls for socio-demographic and health status variables significantly associated (p < 0.1) with the dependent variables in Table  2: race/ethnicity, region of residence, number of co-morbid conditions, BMI level, the ability to perform vigorous leisure activity at least once per week and perceived health status, as well as for year of survey.

|| Based on the following six measures: 5 or more years since time of diagnosis, use of insulin or oral hypoglycemic drugs, at least one functional limitation attributed to the diabetes, weak or failing kidneys, Coronary Heart Disease, and severe vision problems.

Nahin et al.

Nahin et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:193   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-193

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