Prevalence and time trends in diabetes and physical inactivity among adult West African populations

Abdul-Razak Abubakari, W Lauder, M Jones, A Kirk, C Agyemang, R S Bhopal

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The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and distribution of, and trends in, physical inactivity and diabetes in adult West African populations. Literature searches were conducted using four electronic databases. Journal hand searches and examination of citations of relevant articles were also undertaken. To be included, studies had to be population based, use clearly defined criteria for measuring diabetes and physical inactivity, present data that allowed calculation of the prevalence of diabetes or physical inactivity, and sample adult participants. Studies retrieved were appraised critically. Meta-analysis was performed using the DerSimonian-Laird random effect model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-614
Number of pages13
JournalPublic Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009



  • diabetes
  • physical activity
  • West Africans
  • meta-analysis

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