Epidemiological and clinical patterns of diabetes mellitus in Benghazi, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Original article


Kadiki OA, Roaeid RB.

Benghazi Diabetic Clinic, Benghazi, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

East Mediterr Health J. 1999 Jan;5(1):6-13.


The clinical characteristics and prevalence of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) diagnosed in Benghazi are reported. Data were based on the analysis of records for the period 1981 to 1990. A total of 8922 NIDDM cases (4081 males, 4841 females) were registered during the study period. The overall prevalence rate of NIDDM was 0.19%; it was significantly higher in females (0.21%) than males (0.17%) (P < 0.01). The prevalence rate in patients aged > or = 20 years was 3.8% and was significantly higher in females (4.7%) than in males (2.9%) (P < 0.01). Prevalence rates increased with each higher age group and peaked in the 50-54 years age group. Prevalence of hypertension was 22.5% and prevalence of overweight was 59.4%. The most common complications of diabetes were neuropathy (45.7%), retinopathy (30.5%) and nephropathy (25.2%). Keywords: diabetes mellitus ,Prevalence,epidemiology,Incidence Link/DOI: http://www.emro.who.int/Publications/EMHJ/0501/02.htm