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Keeping Diabetes Under Control Still Elusive for Many Americans

AHRQ News and Numbers, May 13, 2009

AHRQ News and Numbers provides statistical highlights on the use and cost of health services and health insurance in the United States.

Only slightly more than half of the 18 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes had their blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure under optimum control in 2006, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Federal agency's analysis found that about 55 percent of American adults with diabetes had their blood sugar and total cholesterol levels under control, and about 59 percent had their blood pressure under control. Failure to properly manage diabetes can increase the risk of complications such as heart attack and stroke.

Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, with $116 billion spent on medical care for people with the disease, according to AHRQ's recently released 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report. The report also indicates that another 6 million Americans may have diabetes but don't know it.

In addition, the report shows that:

  • In 2006, just 43 percent of Blacks and 38 percent of Mexican-Americans with diabetes had their blood sugar levels under control, compared with 61 percent of non-Hispanic Whites with diabetes.
  • From 2002 to 2006, the percentage of people with diabetes who had their blood pressure under control improved for Blacks from 39 percent to 58 percent and for Mexican-Americans from 49 percent to 67 percent. By 2006, there were no significant differences in blood pressure control among Blacks, Mexican-Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites with diabetes.

This AHRQ News and Numbers summary is based on data from the , which examines the disparities in Americans' access to and quality of health care, with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, income, and education.

For more information, contact Bob Isquith at Bob.Isquith@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of May 2009
Internet Citation: Keeping Diabetes Under Control Still Elusive for Many Americans: AHRQ News and Numbers, May 13, 2009. May 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/news-and-numbers/051309.html

 

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