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Diabetes: The Growing Epidemic

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Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): E. Richard Brown; Susan H. Babey; Allison L. Diamant; Theresa A. Hastert

Funder(s): California Endowment

Funder(s): California Endowment

Topic: Health (Diseases and disorders)
Health (Health services for the chronically ill)

Keywords: diabetes; diseases

Type: Brief

Coverage: California


The prevalence of diabetes in California continues to rise. Over 1.8 million adults age 18 and over (7%) have been diagnosed with diabetes, up from 1.5 million (6.2%) in 2001.

This policy brief examines the prevalence and management of diabetes in California based on data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2005). It also describes how the prevalence has changed since 2001 based on data from CHIS 2001. The brief concludes with public policy recommendations intended to reduce the risk of diabetes and its related complications.