Prevalence of Diabetes Among Community-Living Older Persons in the Philippines:

The FITforFrail Study


  • Maria Stella Giron University of the Philippines Manila
  • Shelley Ann de la Vega University of the Philippines Manila



diabetes, older persons, comorbidities


Objective. To estimate the prevalence of diabetes among Filipino older persons living in the community.

Methodology. A cross-sectional analysis was done on a random sample of persons  ages 60 years and older from the Focused Interventions for Frail Older Adults Research and Development Program (2018-2019). A diagnosis of diabetes was established by self-reported physician’s diagnosis or if the person was on any antihyperglycemic drugs.

Results. The prevalence of self-reported diabetes was 20.5%, with no difference in age, sex, education, or body mass index between older persons with and without diabetes. The presence of 2 or more comorbidities was significantly more common among older persons with diabetes (p<0.001). Visual impairment (p<0.01), hypertension (p<0.001) and hyperlipidemia (p <0.001) were more frequent among those with diabetes.

Conclusion. Diabetes is prevalent among community-living older Filipinos. Therefore, effective public health measures for diabetes prevention and management are needed for the ever-growing older population, who are at the highest risk for morbidity and mortality.


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Author Biographies

Maria Stella Giron, University of the Philippines Manila

Faculty, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Medicine

Shelley Ann de la Vega, University of the Philippines Manila

Director, Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health


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Giron, M. S., & de la Vega, S. A. (2022). Prevalence of Diabetes Among Community-Living Older Persons in the Philippines:: The FITforFrail Study. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies, 37(2), 23–27.



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