Table 2

Mean ± SD number of (clusters of) chronic comorbid diseases at date of diabetes diagnosis1,2

Single chronic diseases

Clusters of comorbidity3


Discordant only4


Discordant only4


2.9 ± 2.4

1.7 ± 1.7

2.1 ± 1.5

1.5 ± 1.3

1This table describes the mean of chronic comorbid diseases present in our total population (n = 714) at the date of diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

2Data are displayed both for the total count of single comorbid diseases and for the number of clusters of chronic comorbid diseases. We also distinguished 'any type' of comorbid diseases and 'discordant diseases only'.

3Clusters: comorbid diseases were classified into clusters, following The International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC)-1 chapters.

4Discordant: without shared pathogenesis, risk factors, or management.

Luijks et al. BMC Medicine 2012 10:128   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-128

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