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. 2005 Jan;2(1):A04.
Epub 2004 Dec 15.

Diabetes and Mexicans: Why the Two Are Linked

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Diabetes and Mexicans: Why the Two Are Linked

Reynaldo Martorell. Prev Chronic Dis. .
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Figure 1
Possible causes of the nutrition transition and the emergence of obesity in developing countries. Adapted from Martorell and Stein, 2001 (2), and Popkin, 1994 (3).
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Figure 2
Levels of overweight (BMI = 25.0–29.9) and obesity (BMI ≥30.0) in 1988 and 1999 in women aged 18 to 49 in Mexico, by region. BMI indicates Body Mass Index. Data from Rivera et al, 2001 (6).
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Figure 3
Age-standardized prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in the U.S. population aged ≥20 years by sex and ethnic group, based on the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Data from Harris et al, 1998 (12).
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Figure 4
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes among Pima Indian adults, Arizona, aged 20 to 24, by diabetes status of the mother during pregnancy. A prediabetic mother is one who develops diabetes after delivery. Data from Pettitt et al, 1988 (16).

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