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  • Diabetes In Washington DC By Nomeda Granickaite
  • Diabetes is ranked as the 6th leading death cause in DC
  • •85% of deaths caused by diabetes occurred in people with 55 or more years of age •Many diabetics die not because of diabetes, but the treatment and complications of diabetes
  • Out of all the wards in DC, Ward 7 ( 43.6 per 100,000), Ward 8( 41 per 100,000) and Ward 5(40.4 per 100,000) has the highest percentages of deaths caused by diabetes. Unlike Ward 2 (6.3 per100,000) which has the lowest percentage of deaths caused by diabetes.
  • Diabetes Rate by Race: •Black: 88.3 •White:9.7 •Asian/ Other: 2.1 African Americans hold the highest percentage of deaths by diabetes which is seven times more than the percentage of death by diabetes in white people.
  • There is a study to prevent diabetes found out that people who are in a pre-diabetic conditions can prevent type 2 diabetes by changing their diet and the amount of physical activity they experience daily. This life style change can prevent type 2 diabetes because the blood glucose level will be in the normal range.
  • Proposed Health Policy: •Wards that have a high mortality rate because of diabetes should have shops that have healthy, organic options. •All neighborhoods should have lessons on serious health conditions like diabetes and a way they can avoid those conditions.
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