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Diabetes in California: Nearly 1.5 Million Diagnosed and 2 Million More at Risk

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Barriers to/Disparities in Health Care; Use of Health Services; 2001 CA Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001); Safety Net Providers; Managed Care; Employment-based coverage; Medicaid/Medi-Cal; Medicare; Uninsured; Health Behaviors; Chronic Condition Prevalence; Diabetes; Adolescents/Children; Racial and Ethnic Groups; Urban/Rural Populations; Survey Research; Health Care Delivery System; Health Status and Conditions; Health Insurance Coverage and Programs; Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Issues; Population Focus; Research Methods; Data Sources; Access to Health Care

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Nearly 1.5 million California adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and at least1.8 million more are at significant risk for the condition—including a large number of individuals who currently have diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed. In addition, more than 12,000 adolescents ages 12-17 have been diagnosed with diabetes, and approximately 176,000 adolescents—6% of the state’s undiagnosed adolescent population—are at risk for adult obesity, the predominant
contributor to Type  2 diabetes, due to their being sedentary and overweight or at risk for being overweight.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States; a major cause of nontraumatic amputations, blindness, and endstage kidney disease; and a significant risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. In California, as growing rates of obesity send the rates of Type 2 diabetes to unprecedented levels, there are also troubling indications of insufficient efforts at prevention and education, as well as barriers in the health care system that are resulting in an alarming number of cases in which diabetes is not appropriately managed, putting individuals in jeopardy.

This policy brief presents these and other findings from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001), California’s largest representative health survey of the state and its counties.


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