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National Health Examination Survey, Cycle I, 1959-1962: Diabetes Data (ICPSR 9204)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The National Health Examination Surveys, Cycle I (NHES I), conducted during the period 1959-1962, were designed to secure statistics on the health status of the population of the United States. More specifically, their purpose was to determine the prevalence of certain chronic diseases, the status of dental health, and the distributions of auditory and visual acuity and certain anthropometric measurements. Included in this collection are responses to medical history questions that relate to diabetes, pertinent findings from a physical examination, results of a glucose tolerance test (GTT), and serum cholesterol values.

Series: National Health Examination Surveys, Cycles I-III Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL HEALTH EXAMINATION SURVEY, CYCLE I, 1959-1962: DIABETES DATA. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09204.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09204.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    chronic illnesses, dental health, diabetes, eyesight, health behavior, health history, health status, hearing (physiology), medical evaluation, physical health, testing and measurement

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1959-10--1962-12

Universe:    Adult (ages 18-79), civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the coterminous United States.

Data Type(s):    clinical data

Data Collection Notes:

Files from the NHES Cycle I, 1959-1962 may be linked using the File Sequence number in columns 1-5. The age distribution for this file is: N=3,853 ages 18-44, N=1,252 ages 45-54, N=861 ages 55-64, N=564 ages 65-74, and N=142 ages 75-79. The data contain blanks and dashes (-).


Sample:    National probability sample.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms, and physical examinations


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-09-26

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