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Nigeria's south-south geopolitical zone has highest prevalence of diabetes mellitus

Recent research in Nigeria evaluated the prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) nationally and in the six geopolitical regions. A systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis resulted in 23 studies that were pooled to reveal the extent of DM and its key risk factors among Nigerians.


The estimated national prevalence for the disease was 5.77%. The extent of DM varied notably across the geopolitical zones: prevalence was as high as 9.8% in the south-south zone, and as low as 3.0% in the north-west zone. The common risk factors for DM were poor diet, older age, living in urban areas, and obesity. For detailed information about this research, click here.

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