Thursday, October 15, 2009

Diabetes deaths by race...and class?

From Diabetes in the US:

They don't mention class, but they mention this:
Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Vermont have low rates, with Vermont the lowest at 6.1 percent for people 30 to 59 and 19.9 percent for people over 60. Southeastern states have the highest rates, and Mississippi, where 11.4 percent of people 30 to 59 and 27.7 percent of those over 60 are diabetic, has the highest of all.
Compare the race rates with the percentages of each race in poverty:
Blacks: 24.7 percent
Hispanics: 21.9 percent
non-Hispanic Whites: 8.6 percent
Asians: 9.8 percent
Correlation is not necessarily causation, but I'm guessing these are highly related. If so, White deaths may be higher than the poverty rate for other races because the people in rural poverty get less health care. (See yesterday's links about the lack of health care in places like Appalachia.)

1 comment:

  1. You know, I'm reading a book called Survival of the Sickest which is about evolution and disease, mostly. He thinks there may be a link between diabetes and a northern european adaption to cold. So the colder it is the lower the white people, *especially* the poor ones should be lower, since they'd be colder. And there's something about black people and direct sunlight and heart disease, can't remember right now if he said anything about diabetes and black people. But heart disease among black people should be less the more sun they get, so higher in the winter and lower in the south. I believe Vermont is probably low because of universal coverage gives prevention, but Colorado? Maybe that's cold? Anyway, it's an interesting book.