Preventing Diabetes-Related Complications

Among US adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, crude data for 2013–2016 shown in
Appendix Table 10 indicated:

Usual Source for Diabetes Care

  • 77.8% reported having at least one usual source of diabetes care, such as a doctor or other health care professional.

Physical Activity

  • 24.2% met the recommended goal of at least 150 minutes per week of leisure-time physical activity.

Weight Management

  • 77.1% reported managing or losing weight to lower their risk for developing certain diseases.

Statin Treatment

  • 58.4% of adults aged 40–75 years were on statin therapy.

A1C, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Smoking (ABCs)

  • 19.2% met all of these criteria: A1C value <7.0%, blood pressure <140/90 mmHg, non-HDL cholesterol <130 mg/dL, and being a nonsmoker (Table 4).
  • 36.4% met all of these criteria: A1C value <8.0%, blood pressure <140/90 mmHg, non-HDL cholesterol <160 mg/dL, and being a nonsmoker (Table 4).
Table 4. Crude percentage of adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes meeting all ABCs goals, United States, 2013–2016
Risk Factor ABCs Goals for Many Adults Less Stringent ABCs Goals
A1C <7.0% <8.0%
Blood Pressure <140/90 mmHg <140/90 mmHg
Cholesterol, non-HDL <130 mg/dL <160 mg/dL
Smoking, current Nonsmoker Nonsmoker
Percentage meeting all ABCs goals 19.2 (15.3–23.9) 36.4 (15.3–23.9)
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