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Comparative Study of Epidemiological and Anthropological Aspects of Diabetes and Hypertension in Cameroon

Tsabang N1*, Fongnzossie E2, Donfack D3, Yedjou CG4, Tchounwou PB4, Minkande JZ5, Nouedou C5, Van PD6 and Sonwa7

1Center for Research on Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plants Studies, Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Yaounde, Cameroon

2University of Douala, Cameroon

3Faculty of Education, Department of Specialized Education Sciences, Yaounde, Cameroon

4Cellomics and Toxicogenomics Research Laboratory, NIH-RCMI Center for Environmental Health, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

5General Hospital of Yaounde, Cameroon and Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cameroon

6Faculty of Science Engineering, Universitteit Ghent, Coupure Links 653B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

7Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Yaounde, Cameroon

*Corresponding Author:
Tsabang N
Center for Research on Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine
Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plants Studies
Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Yaounde, Cameroon
Tel: 237-677-27-6585
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Received date: May 11, 2015; Accepted date: January 07, 2016; Published date: January 11, 2016

Citation: Tsabang N, Fongnzossie E, Donfack D, Yedjou CG, Tchounwou PB, et al. (2016) Comparative Study of Epidemiological and Anthropological Aspects of Diabetes and Hypertension in Cameroon. Forest Res 5:165. doi:10.4172/2168-9776.1000165

Copyright: © 2016 Tsabang N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The traditional medicine in Africa in general and specifically in Cameroon does not manage diabetes and arterial hypertension very well. Yet, these pathologies are becoming more prevalent among the populations that need adequate knowledge to fight against them. Therefore the present study was designed to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of indigenous people regarding diabetes and hypertension control, and to assess the epidemiological aspects of these diseases in order to reinforce their health education and promote a better health care through traditional medicine. To achieve this objective, 1,131 households including 70 traditional healers, 114 diabetics, 167 hypertensive patients, 30 hypertensive patients-diabetics and other Cameroonians were questioned on their ethnomedical knowledge of diabetes and arterial hypertension. Fifty-eight randomly distributed tribes were taking in account. The elucidation of anthropological and epidemiological aspects of diabetes and hypertension improved the beliefs of indigenous people and facilitated the modernization of diabetes and hypertension comprehension that remained focused on the elucidation of diseases’ causes and complications, as well as on the behaviors that could help translate biomedical terms into locally meaningful metaphors.


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