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The Prevalence and Risk Factors of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DMT2) in a Semi-Urban Saudi Population

Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Almajmaah 11952, Saudi Arabia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010007
Received: 5 November 2019 / Revised: 26 November 2019 / Accepted: 3 December 2019 / Published: 18 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Burden of Diabetes on Health Services)
(1) Background: Diabetes mellitus is a common health problem in Saudi Arabia, causing a huge burden for individuals, families, and communities. The objectives of the current study were to determine the prevalence and risk factors of type 2 diabetes mellitus among a semi-urban population of Saudi Arabia. (2) Research methods: The research design was cross-sectional, and the research was conducted in five primary health care centers (PHCC) in Majmaah, Saudi Arabia. The sample size was calculated as 353. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect data after obtaining ethical approval. Blood samples were taken to assess glucose levels and other variables. SPSS version 21 was used to analyze data. (3) Results: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus was 34.6%. The disease was more prevalent among the older respondents compared with the younger age groups (44.6% versus 15.6%). We found that females acquire the disease at a slightly higher rate than males (34.9% versus 34.2%), but this difference is not statistically significant. The sociodemographic risk factors of the disease were as follows: old age (44%), business and private occupation (38.5%), divorced or widowed (56.3%), and low income (42.4%). The health behaviors factors were as follows: overweight or obese status (42.3%), high triglycerides (TG) (43.4%), low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) (37.3%), and high total cholesterol (23.7%). There was a statistically significant difference in these risk factors between patients with and without diabetes. (4) Conclusion: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus among the semi-urban population of Saudi Arabia is high. The disease is more prevalent among elderly respondents and is associated with obesity, high TG, low HDL, and high total cholesterol. View Full-Text
Keywords: diabetes mellitus; prevalence; risk factors; semi-urban population diabetes mellitus; prevalence; risk factors; semi-urban population
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Al Mansour, M.A. The Prevalence and Risk Factors of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DMT2) in a Semi-Urban Saudi Population. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010007

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Al Mansour MA. The Prevalence and Risk Factors of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DMT2) in a Semi-Urban Saudi Population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(1):7. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010007

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Al Mansour, Mohammed A. 2020. "The Prevalence and Risk Factors of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DMT2) in a Semi-Urban Saudi Population" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 1: 7. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010007

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