Pre-Diabetes and it’s Associated Risk Factors in
Libya: Future Needs for Public Health Care
Volume 1 - Issue 1
Ghadi J El hamali and Fathi M Sherif*
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- Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tripoli, Libya
Fathi Mohamed Sherif, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, P.O.
Box 82 757, Libya
Received: January 21, 2018; Published: January 25, 2018
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Diabetes mellitus is a major public health problem and is a primary cause of morbidity and mortality. The state incidence has
much increased in the last years but with a major ignorance of the state health authorities. Thus, this study was aimed to explore the
frequency of pre-diabetes and its associated risk factors among Libyan people. Data was collect from 911 (Males = 426 and Females
= 485) non diabetic Libyan residents to identify pre-diabetes during 2016 and 2017, followed by risk assessment questionnaire.
Findings indicate that 16.5% of the participants having pre-diabetes and it is higher in females than males. 70% of the cases with
pre-diabetes were overweight (37.3% with BMI of 24-28 and 30% with BMI > 28) which were at high risk for developing diabetes.
High rate of physical inactivity of the participants was distinguished (75% do not do any active physical activity). This study shows
high incidence of pre-diabetes among the Libyan population. Thus, an action for national public health education for an early
diagnosis of pre-diabetes and for a better healthy lifestyle is directly needed.