Dr Maziar Nikberg and colleagues evaluated the association of socioeconomic status and comorbidities with uncomplicated and complicated diverticular disease in Sweden.
The research team identified all individuals aged ≥30 years in Sweden diagnosed with diverticular disease between 1997 and 2012 using the Swedish National Population and Housing Census and the Hospital Discharge Register.
Data were analyzed by multivariable logistic regression, with individual-level characteristics as covariates.
A total of 79,481 patients were hospitalized for diverticular disease, 20% of whom for complicated diverticular disease.
|The correlation coefficient between income and education was 0.25|
|International Journal of Colorectal Disease|
Admissions for both uncomplicated and complicated diverticular disease were more common in women.
The researchers identified a low education level as a risk factor for uncomplicated, and complicated diverticular disease.
The team noted that patients with the lowest income had a lower risk of hospitalization for uncomplicated, and complicated diverticular disease than those with the highest income.
The correlation coefficient between income and education was 0.25.
Diabetes and cardiovascular disease were identified as protective factors against uncomplicated diverticular disease.
Dr Nikberg's team concludes, "Patients with the lowest education level had an increased risk of hospitalization for diverticular disease."
"Further studies are needed to explore the association of diabetes and cardiovascular disease with uncomplicated diverticular disease."