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Epidemiology of noninfective intestinal diseases in various ethnic groups in South Africa.

Abstract

The prevalences of bowel diseases (hemorrhoids, appendicitis, polyps, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and colon cancer) are similar in South African whites and in populations of prosperous western countries. Among rural South African blacks with a traditional life style, these diseases are very uncommon or almost unknown. Among the urban South African blacks with a partially westernized life style, the diseases remain uncommon. Frequencies of appendectomies and colon cancer in urban blacks have increased little during the last three decades, although an increase undoubtedly has occurred in the frequency of diverticular disease. Frequencies of bowel diseases in South African Indian and colored (Eurafrican, Malay) populations are intermediate. Because the diseases are almost entirely of environmental causation (due to principally to changes in diet), prevalences almost certainly will increase in blacks, Indians and coloreds, as their way of life becomes further westernized.

Authors

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Source

Israel journal of medical sciences 15:4 1979 Apr pg 309-13

MeSH

Adolescent
Adult
African Continental Ancestry Group
Appendicitis
Colitis, Ulcerative
Colonic Diseases, Functional
Colonic Neoplasms
Constipation
Continental Population Groups
Crohn Disease
Diet
Diverticulitis
Environment
Ethnic Groups
European Continental Ancestry Group
Female
Hemorrhoids
Humans
India
Intestinal Diseases
Intestinal Polyps
Intestine, Large
Male
Middle Aged
South Africa

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

447496

Citation

Walker, A R., and I Segal. "Epidemiology of Noninfective Intestinal Diseases in Various Ethnic Groups in South Africa." Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 15, no. 4, 1979, pp. 309-13.
Walker AR, Segal I. Epidemiology of noninfective intestinal diseases in various ethnic groups in South Africa. Isr J Med Sci. 1979;15(4):309-13.
Walker, A. R., & Segal, I. (1979). Epidemiology of noninfective intestinal diseases in various ethnic groups in South Africa. Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, 15(4), pp. 309-13.
Walker AR, Segal I. Epidemiology of Noninfective Intestinal Diseases in Various Ethnic Groups in South Africa. Isr J Med Sci. 1979;15(4):309-13. PubMed PMID: 447496.
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