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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 2001  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 67 - 78

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

Abdul Rahim H.F., Husseini A., Giacaman R., Jervell J. and Bjertness E.    

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.

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