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2006-2007 Diabetes Disparities Report

Washington State Diabetes Disparities: A Review of Washington State Data

The burden of diabetes in Washington is greater among certain population subgroups; older people, certain racial and ethnic groups, and those on the lower rungs of the social ladder.

We refer to these persistent differences in health status between groups as health disparities. In this report we demonstrate that disparities exist in diabetes prevalence, health behaviors, health status, access to medical services, and rate of complications and deaths for low-income and certain racial/ethnic groups. These disparities carry high financial and social costs; yet they are not inevitable.

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