TitleDiabetes mellitus in an urban Palestinian population: prevalence and associated factors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsAbdul-Rahim, H, Husseini, A, Giacaman, R, Jervell, J, Bjertness, E
JournalEast Mediterr Health J
Date PublishedJan-Mar
ISBN Number1020-3397 (Print)<br/>1020-3397 (Linking)
Accession Number12596954
KeywordsAdult, Age Distribution, Aged, Body Constitution, Body Mass Index, Cross-Sectional Studies, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Mellitus/blood/diagnosis/*epidemiology/etiology, Female, Glucose Intolerance/blood/diagnosis/*epidemiology/etiology, Glucose Tolerance Test, Health Surveys, Humans, Hypercholesterolemia/complications/epidemiology, Hypertension/complications/epidemiology, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Middle East/epidemiology, Obesity, Population Surveillance, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Sex Distribution, Urban Population/*statistics & numerical data

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.