Wright Pascoe, Rosemarie A; Lindo, John F.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
The age-prevalence profile of abdominal obesity among patients in a diabetes referral clinic in Jamaica.
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Four hundred and eighty five patients attending the Diabetes Referral Clinic at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica, were evaluated for abdominal obesity based on the ratio between their waist and hip measurements. There was an increase in the numbers of diabetics with increasing age. Abdominal obesity was significantly more prevalent among females (90 percent) than among males (34.9 percent) (X = 142; p 0.0001), and massive obesity was detected in 31.1 percent of females. However, the prevalence of obesity among males and females was not significantly age-related. Given the high prevalence of obesity in this clinic population, more precise studies of abdominal obesity associated morbidity in diabetics should be undertaken....