Connaissance, attitudes, comportements et pratiques associés au diabète sucré au koweït

Translated title of the contribution: Knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and practices towards diabetes mellitus in kuwait

Manuel Carballo, Anwar Mohammad, Elizabeth C. Maclean, Noureen Khatoon, Mohammad Waheedi, Smitha Abraham

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Background: Rates of diabetes in Kuwait are among the highest in the world. Aims: To inform prevention initiatives, this study assessed diabetes knowledge, attitudes towards it, and personal behaviour relating to risk factors among the Kuwaiti population. Methods: A cross-sectional knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices survey of 1124 people was performed between July and September 2015. Descriptive analysis and χ2 tests were performed. Results: Although most participants (94%) had heard of diabetes and 87% believed type 2 diabetes to be preventable, knowledge of risk factors was poor [family history (87%), age (44%), low exercise (10%), obesity (4%), diet (0%) and stress (0%)]. Dietary patterns in Kuwait were variable and, of concern, 42% of those with diabetes had been eating more since diagnosis. Lifestyle, particularly among Kuwaitis and people with diabetes, was sedentary – 47% of participants walked < 20 minutes per day. Conclusions: Despite the importance of diet and exercise for diabetes prevention, significant gaps in public education clearly exist. At a policy level, much remains to be done and intensified intersectoral programmes are required to improve public awareness.

Translated title of the contributionKnowledge, attitudes, behaviours and practices towards diabetes mellitus in kuwait
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)1098-1102
Number of pages5
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Kuwait
  • Prevention


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