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Geographic Distribution of Diagnosed Diabetes in the U.S.

April 2011 - American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Volume 40, Issue 4 , Pages 434-439. Lawrence E. Barker, PhD, Karen A. Kirtland, PhD, Eward W. Gregg, PhD, Linda S. Geiss, MA, Theodore J. Thompson, MS

According to a study published in the April 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers were able to identify high prevalence areas, or a "diabetes belt" of 644 counties in 15 mostly southeastern states using data compiled for the first time of estimates of the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes for every U.S. county.

According to the article, Nearly one third of the difference in diabetes prevalence between the diabetes belt and the rest of the
U.S. is associated with sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Thirty percent of the excess risk was associated with modifıable risk factors, and 37% with nonmodifıable factors, such as age and race/ethnicity.

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Listen to Dr. Ann Albright, Director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation address this issue on the March 14, 2011 episode of C-SPAN which is archived on the C-SPAN© website.


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