The prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst hypertensive and diabetic adult patients in primary health care

Saudi Med J. 2000 Apr;21(4):340-3.

Abstract

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst hypertensive and diabetic adult patients in primary health care centers, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A retrospective review of the medical records of 3186 adult hypertensive and diabetic patients in 10 primary health care centers in Riyadh, from August to October 1999.

Results: Nineteen percent of the patients were their ideal weight (body mass index < 25 kg/m2), while 35% were overweight (body mass index 25-29.9 kg/m2). Forty one percent were moderately obese (body mass index 30-40 kg/m2) and 5% were morbidly obese (body mass index > 40 kg/m2).

Conclusion: Overweight and obesity are coexisting risk factors amongst hypertensive and diabetic adult patients, and are an important focus for treatment and prevention of high blood pressure and diabetes.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Community Health Centers / economics
  • Community Health Centers / statistics & numerical data
  • Diabetes Mellitus / economics
  • Diabetes Mellitus / etiology*
  • Female
  • Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / economics
  • Hypertension / etiology*
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Morbidity
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Obesity / diagnosis
  • Obesity / economics
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Primary Health Care / economics
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Saudi Arabia / epidemiology