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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-53

Prevalence of obesity among type 2 diabetic patients in Al-Khobar primary health care centers

1 Al-Khobar Government Hospital, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
2 King Fahad Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Kholood M Mugharbel
Al-Khobar Government Hospital, P.O. Box 40117, Al-Khobar
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23011992

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Objectives : This study estimates the prevalence of obesity among Type 2 diabetic patients who are followed in mini clinics (hypertension, diabetes) in Primary Health Care Centers (PHCC) in Al-Khobar. Methods : Retrospective study reviewing all diabetic patient files registered in PHC centers in the Al- Khobar area from May 2000 to October 2001. Results: Of the 382 diabetic patients followed in PHC, 88.7% were type 2 diabetics, and according to WHO classification of obesity 0.7% were underweight. Only 21.8% of type 2 diabetic patients were in their ideal range of body weight. While 31.2% were overweight (BMI in the range of 25.0-29.9 kg/m 2 ), 39.9% of the type 2 diabetic patients were found to be obese (BMI= 30 - 39.9 kg / m 2 ), and 6.3% had morbid obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg / m 2 ). Conclusion : High prevalence of overweight and obesity in type 2 diabetics is associated with other serious complications. This study emphasizes the importance of training health care providers for the proper follow-up of patients.

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