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      Rising Diabetes Prevalence among Urban-Dwelling Black South Africans


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          To examine the prevalence of and the association of psychosocial risk factors with diabetes in 25–74-year-old black Africans in Cape Town in 2008/09 and to compare the prevalence with a 1990 study.

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          A randomly selected cross-sectional sample had oral glucose tolerance tests. The prevalence of diabetes (1998 WHO criteria), other cardiovascular risk factors and psychosocial measures, including sense of coherence (SOC), locus of control and adverse life events, were determined. The comparison of diabetes prevalence between this and a 1990 study used the 1985 WHO diabetes criteria.


          There were 1099 participants, 392 men and 707 women (response rate 86%). The age-standardised (SEGI) prevalence of diabetes was 13.1% (95% confidence interval (CI) 11.0–15.1), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) 11.2% (9.2–13.1) and impaired fasting glycaemia 1.2% (0.6–1.9). Diabetes prevalence peaked in 65–74-year-olds (38.6%). Among diabetic participants, 57.9% were known and 38.6% treated. Using 1985 WHO criteria, age-standardised diabetes prevalence was higher by 53% in 2008/09 (12.2% (10.2–14.2)) compared to 1990 (8.0% (5.8–10.3)) and IGT by 67% (2008/09: 11.7% (9.8–13.7); 1990: 7.0% (4.9–9.1)). In women, older age (OR: 1.05, 95%CI: 1.03–1.08, p<0.001), diabetes family history (OR: 3.13, 95%CI: 1.92–5.12, p<0.001), higher BMI (OR: 1.44, 95%CI: 1.20–1.82, p = 0.001), better quality housing (OR: 2.08, 95%CI: 1.01–3.04, p = 0.047) and a lower SOC score (≤40) was positively associated with diabetes (OR: 2.57, 95%CI: 1.37–4.80, p = 0.003). Diabetes was not associated with the other psychosocial measures in women or with any psychosocial measure in men. Only older age (OR: 1.05, 95%CI: 1.02–1.08, p = 0.002) and higher BMI (OR: 1.10, 95%CI: 1.04–1.18, p = 0.003) were significantly associated with diabetes in men.


          The current high prevalence of diabetes in urban-dwelling South Africans, and the likelihood of further rises given the high rates of IGT and obesity, is concerning. Multi-facetted diabetes prevention strategies are essential to address this burden.

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                [1 ]Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Unit, Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa
                [2 ]Chronic Disease Initiative in Africa, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
                [3 ]Biostatistics Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
                [4 ]University of Cape Town/Medical Research Council Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Cape Town, South Africa
                [5 ]Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
                [6 ]Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
                German Diabetes Center, Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany
                Author notes

                Competing Interests: NL has received honoraria from Novartis for serving on the steering committee for the Navigator Trial and travel support from Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly Laboratories and Sanofi Aventis. All other authors report no potential conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests, relevant to the subject of this manuscript. This study was partially funded by a commercial source (Servier Laboratories [South Africa]). This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

                Conceived and designed the experiments: NP KS CL NSL. Analyzed the data: NP CL EVL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: BV. Wrote the paper: NP KS CL EVL BV NSL.

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                This study was funded by an unrestricted grant from Servier Laboratories (South Africa), the Medical Research Council of South Africa, the Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in Developing Countries (IC Health) Foundation Council and Brigham Hospital/Harvard University. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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