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

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Publication Date: April 2003

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): Allison L. Diamant; Susan H. Babey; E. Richard Brown; Neetu Chawla

Funder(s): California Endowment

Funder(s): California Endowment

Topic: Health (Diseases and disorders)
Health (Preventive health services)

Keywords: diabetes; heart disease; California

Type: Brief

Coverage: California


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.