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Table 1 Characteristics of the diabetic population age ≥ 60, Costa Rica, 2004–2006. (n = 542)

From: Metabolic control in a nationally representative diabetic elderly sample in Costa Rica: patients at community health centers vs. patients at other health care settings

Characteristics %
Prevalence of self-reported DM diagnosis 20.8
% Females 61.2
% age 60–69 y.o. 54.0
% age 70–79 y.o. 35.8
% age ≥ 80 y.o. 10.3
% w/6 years or more of schooling 46.8
% w/couple's or individual's income < $100 per month 35.4
% living in Metropolitan capital city 54.0
% w/health insurance 95.7
% w/history of stroke 5.7
% w/history of heart attack 7.9
% w/body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 Kg/m2 33.6
% currently smoking 6.1
% w/oral medication for DM 69.4
% w/insulin injections 31.0
% diagnosed 0–4 years ago 32.5
% diagnosed 5–9 years 18.2
% diagnosed 10 or more years 47.3
% with year of diagnosis unknown 2.0