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Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of diabetes mellitus and associated risk factors in rural Kayseri in Central Anatolia and to demonstrate whether glucometers can be used in epidemiological studies. This research was performed in Kayseri in 1994. The research population consisted of 3713 people chosen randomly among men and women of 30 years of age and over. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus was identified as 5.6 %. In addition, the prevalence of diabetes mellitus was found to be higher in men than in women, in people of 50 and over than in people of 49 and under, in secondary educated groups than in lower educated and above groups, in obese people than in non-obese people and in hypertensive people than in normotensive people. According to the results we found a high rate of prevalence of diabetes mellitus in our area. It is believed that it can be reduced by prevention, control and education programs. In conclusion, it is thought that a glucometer can be used in epidemiological studies.

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