Cultural contributors to the development of Diabetes Mellitus in Malta

Cynthia Formosa, Charles Savona Ventura, Anne Mandy

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Diabetes Mellitus is a condition of particular importance to the Maltese population. Currently 16.7% of the Maltese population is living with diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. A cultural and historical evaluation of this area-restricted archipelago population has suggested that the associated high prevalence of diabetes may be the result of the Baker-Pederson hypothesis cycles following an original adaptation to a thrifty near starvation diet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • culture
  • Malta
  • thrifty diet phenotype


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