Peripheral spondyloarthritis is a variant of
spondyloarthritis which usually has a chronic course.
There is an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases
among patients with chronic inflammatory diseases in
general. Coexisting diabetes mellitus can potentially add
to the risk. The objective of this study was to determine
the frequency of glucose intolerance in patients with
The study was conducted among 35 participants
with peripheral spondyloarthritis who visited the
Department of Rheumatology, Enam Medical College &
Hospital, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh from September,
2018 to January, 2020. The participants underwent
either oral glucose tolerance test or estimation of
The mean age of participants was 43.96 years. The
majority (80%) of them were young to muddle-aged
(≤40 years). 22.9% of the participants were prediabetic.
Diabetes mellitus was found to be present in 37.1% of
the participants. There was no significant difference
between the study population and the general
population in terms of frequency of prediabetes. But the
frequency of diabetes in the study population was
higher than that in the general population. There was
no significant difference between males and females
with regard to the frequencies of prediabetes and DM.
Moreover, there was no significant difference in the
frequencies of prediabetes and DM between young and
middle-aged to elderly population.
Considering the greater burden of DM among
patients with peripheral spondyloarthritis across all age
groups, routine screening for DM may be indicated in
Keywords : Peripheral Spondyloarthritis, Prediabetes, Diabetes Mellitus.