Acta Diabetologica

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 145–149

Known type 2 diabetes mellitus among the Kuwaiti population

A prevalence study
  • N. Abdella
  • M. Khogali
  • S. Al-Ali
  • K. Gumaa
  • J. Bajaj

DOI: 10.1007/BF00569425

Cite this article as:
Abdella, N., Khogali, M., Al-Ali, S. et al. Acta Diabetol (1996) 33: 145. doi:10.1007/BF00569425


The reported prevalence of type 2 diabetes among the Kuwaiti population varied from one source to another. This study was undertaken to define the magnitude of the problem and to suggest plans for future diabetic care. All type 2 Kuwaiti diabetic subjects registered and continuing to attend regularly in two health areas Mubarak Health Area (MHA) and Farwania Health Area (FHA)] were selected for the study. There were 3222 in MHA and 5114 in FHA among the Kuwaiti population aged 20 years and above, accounting for a total crude prevalance of 7.6% in both health areas and for a prevalence rate of 5.6% in MHA and 10.0% in FHA. The age-specific prevalence of type 2 diabetes in both areas combined rose from 2.639 per 100 population in the age group 20–39 years to 15.350% and 26.252% in the age groups 40–59 and 60 and above, respectively. The female to male ratio was 1.7, 1.6, 1.1, respectively, in MHA and 1.7, 2.0, 0.9 in FHA for the age groups 20–39, 40–59, and 60 and above. This study shows that type 2 diabetes is a major public health problem in Kuwait, with a female preponderance. Obesity is a characteristic feature of the population studied, with a mean body mass index of 31.8±6.3 and 28.5±5.1 in women and men, respectively. A positive family history of diabetes mellitus was reported in 63% of the diabetic subjects. There is a need to standardize methods of reporting and to plan a national screening survey.

Key words

Type 2 diabetesKuwaitFamilial aggregation

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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Abdella
    • 1
  • M. Khogali
    • 2
  • S. Al-Ali
    • 3
  • K. Gumaa
    • 4
  • J. Bajaj
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversitySafatKuwait
  2. 2.Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversitySafatKuwait
  3. 3.Ministry of Public HealthKuwait
  4. 4.Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversitySafatKuwait
  5. 5.All India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  6. 6.Department of Community MedicineAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
  7. 7.Department of BiochemistrySultan Quaboos UniversityMuscatOman