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How often takes diabetes pills: Number


DBPILOFTNO is a 2-digit numeric variable.

00: Not in Universe
95: 95+ times per day/week
99: Unknown


For persons ages 18 and older with confirmed diabetes who are now taking diabetes pills (oral hypoglycemic agents), DBPILOFTNO reports the number of times this person takes diabetes pills per day or week. DBPILOFTNO should be combined with the type of time unit (DBPILOFTTP) for the complete frequency with which this person uses diabetes pills. The number represents the number of times per time unit.

This variable is included in the 1989 Diabetes supplement. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1989: Persons age 18+ with confirmed diabetes who are now taking diabetes pills.


  • 1989