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CDC Hopes New Data Will Help Target Funds for Obesity and Diabetes

Counties With High Rates of Obesity and Diabetes continued...

Counties on the high end for prevalence of diabetes were:

  • Greene County, Ala. (15.3%)
  • Holmes County, Miss. (15.0%)
  • Jefferson County, Miss. (14.9%)
  • Lowndes County, Ala. (15.2%)
  • Perry County, Ala. (15.2%)

Counties on the low end for diabetes prevalence were:

  • Boulder County, Colo. (3.9%)
  • Gallatin County, Mont. (4.2%)
  • Los Alamos County, N.M. (4.3%)
  • Santa Fe County, N.M. (3.7%)
  • Summit County, Utah.  (4.2%)

The CDC says the percentage of U.S. adults who are obese was 26.1% in 2008, and that nearly 8% of the population has diabetes. It says both percentages are about the same or slightly higher than they were last year.

The CDC says the county-by-county data can lead to allocation of funds to help areas hardest hit by diabetes and obesity, which are associated with heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, as well as kidney disease, blindness, and lower limb amputation.

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