Risk calculation of developing type 2 diabetes in Libyan adults

May 01, 2009


Published in: Practical Diabetes International 29(4):148-151

AR Abduelkarem* SI Sharif AM Hammrouni SS Aldouibi WM Albraiki

The aim of this study was to identify nationals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years in some areas across Tripoli Health Authority in Libya. In this questionnaire-based survey, a total of 400 Libyan nationals of both genders were randomly selected from seven areas across the central area of Tripoli Health Authority (Soug El-Juma, Zawet Dahmani, Al-Furnaj, Ain Zara, Al-Madena Centre, Al-Dhahra Centre, and Noflean). All participants approached (400) completed the study and responded to the items of the survey. Based on a modified Finnish Type 2 Diabetes Risk Score test (FINDRISC), 129 (32.3%) were categorised as either at moderate or at high/very high risk of developing diabetes within the next 10 years of life. Among the 129 participants at risk, body mass index was >25kg/m2 in 125 (96.9%) and waist circumferences were high (>88cm for females; >102cm for males) in almost 45% of the women and 22% of the men. We found that in the sample studied the risk of developing diabetes was clear, and there is no doubt that interventions to reduce such risk are a priority rather than a need. Diabetes has a great impact on the health of the nation and also on the future resources of the country in managing the disease and its complications; a health education/health campaign could be one good answer to tackle the problem.

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