Physical activity and prevalence of diabetes in Melanesian and Indian men in Fiji

R. Taylor, P. Ram, P. Zimmet, L. R. Raper, H. Ringrose

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In Fiji Melanesian and Indian men, prevalence of diabetes is more than twice as high in those graded as sedentary or undertaking light activity as in those classed as performing moderate or heavy exercise. This difference was present in both ethnic groups, and maintained when age, obesity, and urban/rural status were taken into account. It is concluded that, in the population under study, there is epidemiological evidence for the role of physical inactivity as an independent risk factor for Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-582
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • aetiology
  • Indian men
  • Melanesian men
  • physical activity
  • Type 2 diabetes

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