Skip to content

Diabetes Health Center

Font Size

More Obesity, Diabetes in South, Appalachia

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

Counties With High Rates of Obesity and Diabetes

The CDC says counties on the "high end" for obesity prevalence were:

  • Dallas County, Ala. (41.6%)
  • Greene County, Ala. (43.7%)
  • Holmes County, Miss. (42.6%)
  • Humphreys County, Miss. (41.9%)
  • Jefferson County, Miss. (41.3%)

Those on the low end for prevalence of obesity were:

  • Eagle County, Colo. (13%)
  • Boulder County, Colo. (12.4%)
  • Routt County, Colo. (12.8%)
  • Sante Fe County, N.M. (12.5%)
  • Summit County, Colo. (12.7%)
  • Summit County, Utah 12.7%)

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.

1 | 2

Is This Normal? Get the Facts Fast!

Check Your Blood Sugar Level Now
What type of diabetes do you have?
Your gender:

Get the latest Diabetes newsletter delivered to your inbox!


Your level is currently

If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Did You Know Your Lifestyle Choices
Affect Your Blood Sugar?

Use the Blood Glucose Tracker to monitor
how well you manage your blood sugar over time.

Get Started

This tool is not intended for women who are pregnant.

Start Over

Step:  of 

Today on WebMD

Diabetic tools
Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
woman flexing muscles
10 strength training exercises.
Blood sugar test
12 practical tips.
Tom Hanks
Stars living with type 1 or type 2.
kenneth fujioka, md
Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
Middle aged person
Home Healthcare

Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
type 2 diabetes
food fitness planner