Diabetes mellitus in an urban Palestinian population: prevalence and associated factors

East Mediterr Health J. 2001 Jan-Mar;7(1-2):67-78.

Abstract

We investigated the prevalence of diabetes and associated factors in a cross-sectional survey of an urban Palestinian population of 492 men and women aged 30-65 years. The oral glucose tolerance test was used to diagnose diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance. World Health Organization-recommended survey protocols were followed. Diabetes was found in 12.0% of the survey population (including 9.4% previously diagnosed), and impaired glucose tolerance in 5.9%. Logistic regression analysis controlling for age and sex revealed body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio and family history of diabetes to be significantly independently associated with diabetes.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Body Constitution
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / etiology
  • Female
  • Glucose Intolerance / blood
  • Glucose Intolerance / diagnosis
  • Glucose Intolerance / epidemiology*
  • Glucose Intolerance / etiology
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / complications
  • Hypercholesterolemia / epidemiology
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Middle East / epidemiology
  • Obesity
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*