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The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in male Saudi Arabs

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The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in 1385 males in the Al-Kharj area of Saudi Arabia was studied using the WHO criteria for screening and interpretation of glucose tolerance tests [1]. The prevalence was found to increase with age. No diabetic patients were found in the ⩽ 24 year age group and only one (0.3%) in the age range: 25–34 years. There were seven (2.6%) in the age range: 35–14 years, 17 (9.6%) in the age range: 45–54 years, six (11%) in the age range: 55–64 years and three (23%) in the age range: ⩾ 65 years. The cases detected were relatively symptom free, but 65% of the diabetic patients were overweight.

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Bacchus, R.A., Bell, J.L., Madkour, M. et al. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in male Saudi Arabs. Diabetologia 23, 330–332 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00253739

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Key words

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Saudi Arabia
  • male
  • weight
  • serum glucose
  • age