Prevalence of helicobacter pylori in diabetes patients and health workers at a tertiary hospital in south west Nigeria
Objective: Helicobacter Pylori (H.P) is a common bacterial infection that has been associated with diabetes mellitus (DM). The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients with DM and the association with anthropometry, duration of DM and medication.
Method: A cross sectional study involving consecutive recruitment of 193 subjects; 99 diabetics attending the outpatient clinic and 94 controls from hospital staffs. The Heliprobe urea breath test was used in the detection of H.P.
Results: The prevalence of H.P was 96.8% in the controls and 85.6% in the diabetics (X2 =7.56, P =0.006) with significant female preponderance among the diabetics (X2 =7.01, P=0.008). H.P had no significant association among the diabetics with regards to BMI, duration of DM and medication.
Conclusion: The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori was higher in the control than the diabetics.
Keywords: Helicobacter pylori, diabetes mellitus, tertiary hospital