|Title:||Prevalence of diabetes mellitus among Bahrainis attending primary health care centres|
|Authors:||Al Zurba, F.I.|
Al Garf, A.
|Abstract:||A sample of 573 subjects from a Bahraini population aged 20 years and above was randomly selected from persons attending four health centres. The capillary blood glucose level was measured with reflectance meter 2 hours after administering 75 g oral glucose in people with negative history for diabetes. An alarmingly high prevalence of total glucose intolerance was found. The observed prevalence rate of diabetes mellitus was 25.5%, with a further 14.7% prevalence for glucose intolerance. Hypertension and positive family history of diabetes among diabetic subjects were 27.6% and 41.7%, respectively, and mean body mass index was 27.9 +/- 5.2. Effective primary prevention strategies are needed, to be intensified among high risk groups. Awareness of the disease needs to be promoted|
|Keywords:||Primary Health Care|
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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