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Varicose veins in tropical Africa.

Abstract

1259 Tanzanians in a provincial town were examined for varicose veins. 5-5% (6-1% of men and 5-0% of women) of the 1000 people aged eighteen years and over had varicose veins. This prevalence is intermediate between that reported for minimally developed areas (0-1%-0-4%) and the age-adjusted rate reported for Michigan (12-3%). The Tanzanian diet included some refined carbohydrate, and the mean daily stool weight (228 g) indicated a fibre content intermediate between that of traditional African communities (490 g) and western countries (115 g). These findings are consistent with the hypothesis relating varicosities to a fibre-depleted diet. Life-long use of the squatting position for defaecation did not protect against the development of varicose veins.

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    Lancet (London, England) 1:8015 1977 Apr 09 pg 791-2

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Age Factors
    Aged
    Child
    Defecation
    Diet
    Dietary Fiber
    Female
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    North America
    Parity
    Sex Ratio
    Tanzania
    Uganda
    Varicose Veins

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    66583

    Citation

    Richardson, J B., and M Dixon. "Varicose Veins in Tropical Africa." Lancet (London, England), vol. 1, no. 8015, 1977, pp. 791-2.
    Richardson JB, Dixon M. Varicose veins in tropical Africa. Lancet. 1977;1(8015):791-2.
    Richardson, J. B., & Dixon, M. (1977). Varicose veins in tropical Africa. Lancet (London, England), 1(8015), pp. 791-2.
    Richardson JB, Dixon M. Varicose Veins in Tropical Africa. Lancet. 1977 Apr 9;1(8015):791-2. PubMed PMID: 66583.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Varicose veins in tropical Africa. AU - Richardson,J B, AU - Dixon,M, PY - 1977/4/9/pubmed PY - 1977/4/9/medline PY - 1977/4/9/entrez SP - 791 EP - 2 JF - Lancet (London, England) JO - Lancet VL - 1 IS - 8015 N2 - 1259 Tanzanians in a provincial town were examined for varicose veins. 5-5% (6-1% of men and 5-0% of women) of the 1000 people aged eighteen years and over had varicose veins. This prevalence is intermediate between that reported for minimally developed areas (0-1%-0-4%) and the age-adjusted rate reported for Michigan (12-3%). The Tanzanian diet included some refined carbohydrate, and the mean daily stool weight (228 g) indicated a fibre content intermediate between that of traditional African communities (490 g) and western countries (115 g). These findings are consistent with the hypothesis relating varicosities to a fibre-depleted diet. Life-long use of the squatting position for defaecation did not protect against the development of varicose veins. SN - 0140-6736 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/66583/full_citation L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0140-6736(77)92971-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -