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WashU: Diabetes Interventions Should be Localized

Factors associated with the prevalence of diabetes vary by geographic region in the United States, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The findings suggest that approaches to combating the disease should be localized.

[Photo: Dr. Aaron Hipp]

Researchers analyzed county data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find attributes associated with diabetes. Results varied by region.  Poverty levels and inactivity were associated with diabetes, but only in some areas.  The percentage of population cycling or walking to work correlated with lower prevalence of diabetes in most counties, but not in some rural areas of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The variation “highlights the need to understand local context in the prevention and maintenance of diabetes,” wrote Dr. Aaron Hipp, assistant professor at the Brown School. The paper is part of a collection of papers supported by the Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research and the Washington University Institute for Public Health.

The findings were published January 22 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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