Prevalence of diabetes among US adults by age group: A comparison across states
Methods: We analyzed pooled data from the 1997-2010 National Health Interview Survey. We ranked US states by prevalence of diabetes among the total adult population, as well as in the age groups of 18-64 and 65+.
Results: Adult residents of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina, and West Virginia had the highest prevalence of diabetes (range: 10.06-10.93), whereas residents of Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah, and Vermont ranked lowest (range: 4.9-6.06). In the age group of 18-64, residents of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina, and West Virginia had the highest prevalence (range: 7.61-8.00), whereas residents of Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah, and Vermont ranked lowest (range: 2.74- 4.20). In the age group of 65+, residents of Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina, Wyoming, and West Virginia had the highest prevalence (range:22.49- 24.48), whereas residents of Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Rhode Island ranked lowest (range: 14.21-15.01).
Conclusions: States in the South tend to be ranked highest across all age groups. Future research examining the factors accounting for state-specific differences in diabetes prevalence could provide policy-makers with pertinent information on methods for decreasing the prevalence of diabetes among American adults and across different age groups.
Learning Areas:Biostatistics, economics
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy
Evaluate differences in diabetes prevalence in adults across U.S. states. Discuss the relationship between geographical location and diabetes status for adults across different age groups. Identify regional trends of interest in diabetes prevalence among U.S. adults.
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