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U.S. Diabetes Control Dangerously Poor

2/3 of Patients Don't Meet Glucose Control Targets

Full List of States

The table below is a state-by-state ranking showing the percentage of people studied with the A1C goal of 6.5%. The higher the ranking, the greater the percentage of those who are not in control of their blood sugar levels. A total of 39 states and Washington, D.C., are included. Data for report were provided by Surveillance Data Inc. (SDI).


1. Mississippi 72.8
2. Illinois 72.6
3. Utah 72.4
4. Ohio 71.7
5. Alabama 71.3
5. Louisiana 71.3
6. New York 71.1
7. Pennsylvania 70.9
8. Arkansas 69.6
9. West Virginia 69.5
10. Georgia 69.3
11. New Mexico 68.6
12. Washington 68.4
13. Maryland 68.1
14. Virginia 67.7
14.Texas 67.7
15. New Jersey 67.3
15. Arizona 67.3
15. Nevada 67.3
16. Colorado 67.1
17. Kansas 67.0
18. Kentucky 66.8
18. Washington, D.C. 66.8
19. Delaware 66.4
19. Indiana 66.4
20. South Carolina 66.3
21. Missouri 66.2
22. North Carolina 65.7
23. Tennessee 65.6
23. Oklahoma 65.6
24. Michigan 65.4
25. Oregon 64.2
26. Florida 63.9
27. Idaho 63.3
28. Wyoming 63.0
29. Alaska 61.8
30. Minnesota 59.3
31. Iowa 58.9
32. Nebraska 56.5
33. Montana 55.2


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