Diabetes Cases in State Increase by 13%, Study Finds
The number of Californians diagnosed with diabetes has increased by 13%, or 200,000 people, since 2001, according to a study released Thursday by the University of California-Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research, the Orange County Register reports.
According to the study:
- About 6.6% of California adults, or 1.7 million people, have diabetes;
- Diabetes prevalence stayed constant for women between 2001 and 2003, but increased from 6.4% to 7.1% among men during that time;
- Diabetes prevalence among Californians ages 65 and older increased from 15.1% to 16.5% between 2001 and 2003;
- Diabetes prevalence varies by county, from 3.9% in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties to 10.9% in Imperial County; and
- 35.2% of California adults without diabetes are overweight and 18.8% are obese and at risk for developing diabetes (Orange County Register, 12/16).
KQED's "The California Report" on Thursday reported on the survey. The segment includes comments from Ann Albright, chief of the state Department of Health Services' California Diabetes Program, and Allison Diamant, assistant professor in the Division of Internal Medicine and Health Services at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and co-author of the study (Baer, "The California Report," KQED, 12/15). The complete segment is available online in RealPlayer.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.