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Poor glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes can be predicted from patient information systems with the help of machine learning

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January 9, 2023
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University of Eastern Finland
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The risk for poor glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes can be predicted with confidence by using machine learning methods, a new study finds. The most important factors predicting glycemic control include prior glucose levels, duration of type 2 diabetes, and the patient's existing anti-diabetic medicines.
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The risk for poor glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes can be predicted with confidence by using machine learning methods, a new study from Finland finds. The most important factors predicting glycemic control include prior glucose levels, duration of type 2 diabetes, and the patient's existing anti-diabetic medicines.

The researchers examined glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes in North Karelia, Finland, over a period of six years. Patients' glycemic control was determined on the basis of long-term blood glucose, HbA1c. Three HbA1c trajectories were identified from the data, and based on these, patients were divided into two groups: patients with adequate glycemic control, and patients with inadequate glycemic control. Using machine learning methods, the researchers examined the association of patients' baseline characteristics, clinical- and treatment-related factors and socio-economic status with glycemic control. The baseline characteristics included more than 200 different variables.

The results showed that by using data on the duration of type 2 diabetes, prior HbA1c levels, fasting blood glucose, existing anti-diabetic medicines and their number, it is possible to reliably identify patients with a persistent risk for hyperglycemia at any point of their disease. In other words, inadequate glycemic control can be predicted from data that is routinely collected as part of diabetes monitoring and management.

The primary objective of treatment in type 2 diabetes is to maintain good glycemic control in order to prevent complications associated with the disease. According to the Finnish Current Care Guidelines for Diabetes, glycemic control should be followed up annually, making it possible to monitor the long-term trajectory of the disease. Early identification of patients with poor glycemic control is of paramount importance in order to target treatment to those in need and to intensify it at the right time. Delayed intensification of treatment increases the risk of complications, which is also reflected in higher costs of care.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Piia Lavikainen, Gunjan Chandra, Pekka Siirtola, Satu Tamminen, Anusha T Ihalapathirana, Juha Röning, Tiina Laatikainen, Janne Martikainen. Data-Driven Identification of Long-Term Glycemia Clusters and Their Individualized Predictors in Finnish Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Clinical Epidemiology, 2023; Volume 15: 13 DOI: 10.2147/CLEP.S380828

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University of Eastern Finland. "Poor glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes can be predicted from patient information systems with the help of machine learning." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 January 2023. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230109112717.htm>.
University of Eastern Finland. (2023, January 9). Poor glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes can be predicted from patient information systems with the help of machine learning. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 16, 2024 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230109112717.htm
University of Eastern Finland. "Poor glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes can be predicted from patient information systems with the help of machine learning." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230109112717.htm (accessed July 16, 2024).

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