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Rockford ranks poorly in diabetes rankings

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Rockford ranks poorly in diabetes rankings

The latest report in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series should ring alarm bells across the area – in 2015, the Rockford metropolitan area had the eighth highest percentage of people with diabetes out of the 190 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

In 2015, according to the report, 16 percent of adults in Boone and Winnebago counties – or about one of every six – had diabetes. At the better end of the spectrum was Boulder, Colorado, where only 4.9% – or one out of every 20 adults suffered from diabetes.

This is a distressing figure. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Diabetes is the leading cause of lower-limb amputation not related to trauma, blindness and kidney failure in the U.S. It also is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of death in our country. Nearly 70 percent of people with diabetes die from cardiovascular disease.

It is a costly disease to manage in an area where wealth creation has not kept up with the rest of the United States. Gallup surveyed nearly 250,000 people from the 190 communities in 2014 and 2015.

Type 2 Diabetes is closely tied to obesity rates, which have been rising for decades as Americans eat more processed food and have traded exercise time for electronic pursuits such as video games or Facebook. In 2016, the obesity rate – defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher – hit 28.3 percent in the U.S. Not surprisingly, all 10 of the communities with the highest rates of Diabetes were well above the national obesity average. Rockford’s obesity rate in 2014 and 2015 was 33.1 percent.

Incidence
of Diabetes in communities

Lowest Incidence

Highest Incidence

Rank

Community

Pct.

Rank

Community

Pct.

1.

Boulder, Co.

4.9%

181.

McAllen-Mission, Texas

15.7%

2.

Bellingham, Wash.

6.1%

182.

Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas

15.8%

3.

Fort Collins, Co.

6.5%

183.

Rockford, Ill.

16.0%

4.

Provo-Orem, Utah

6.5%

184.

Flint, Mich.

16.3%

5.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

7.3%

185.

Columbus, Ga.-Ala.

16.4%

6.

Salinas, Calif.

7.4%

186.

Little Rock-Conway, Ark.

16.5%

7.

Ann Arbor, Mich.

7.4%

187.

Hickory-Morgantown, N.C.

16.8%

8.

Anchorage, Alaska

7.7%

188.

Corpus Christi, Texas

16.9%

9.

Amarillo, Texas

7.8%

189.

Charleston, W.V.

17.6%

10.

Bridgeport, Stamford, Conn.

8.0%

190.

Mobile, Ala.

17.7%

Obesity
rates in same communities

Lowest Incidence

Highest Incidence

Community

Obesity Pct.

Community

Obesity Pct.

Boulder, Co.

16.4%

McAllen-Mission, Texas

40.2%

Bellingham, Wash.

24.5%

Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas

38.2%

Fort Collins, Co.

18.0%

Rockford, Ill.

33.1%

Provo-Orem, Utah

22.5%

Flint, Mich.

35.2%

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

33.7%

Columbus, Ga.-Ala.

32.1%

Salinas, Calif.

27.6%

Little Rock-Conway, Ark.

35.7%

Ann Arbor, Mich.

28.9%

Hickory-Morgantown, N.C.

34.9%

Anchorage, Alaska

26.7%

Corpus Christi, Texas

39.7%

Amarillo, Texas

21.5%

Charleston, W.V.

40.6%

Bridgeport, Stamford, Conn.

20.1%

Mobile, Ala.

35.7%


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