Preventive Care Practices
Diabetes-related complications can be serious, costly, and deadly. They include heart disease, stroke, kidney damage (chronic kidney disease and kidney failure), blindness, and amputations of the legs and feet. Diabetes-related complications are more likely and more severe among people whose diabetes is not well managed and those who have had diabetes longer. People with diabetes can better manage their condition and improve their health by following preventive care practices. These practices include receiving annual foot and eye exams and attending diabetes self-management classes. Table 2 presents estimates of the percentage of US adults aged 18 or older with diagnosed diabetes who reported receiving recommended preventive care practices by state.
Table 2. Percentage of US Adults Aged 18 or Older with Diagnosed Diabetes Who Reported Receiving Recommended Preventive Care Practices, by State, 2015
|State||Two or more A1c Tests in the Last Year||Foot Exam
by Health Professional in the Last Year
|Ever Attended Diabetes Self-Management Class||Dilated Eye Exam in the Last Year||Daily Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose|
|District of Columbia||71.5||79.1||53.0||66.1||72.0|
Note: Percentages are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population.
Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Diabetes Surveillance System and National Health Interview Survey.
a Data for 5 states are from 2013 because 2014 and 2015 data were not available.
b Data for 8 states are from 2014 because 2015 data were not available.
c Data for Idaho were not available for 2013, 2014, or 2015.
Healthy People 2020 monitors progress towards increasing the percentage of people with diagnosed diabetes who follow preventive care practices. Table 3 shows the Healthy People 2020 target percentages for each practice and the all-states median percentages for each practice during 2011–2015.
Table 3. Healthy People 2020 Targets and All-States Median Percentages of US Adults Aged 18 or Older with Diagnosed Diabetes Who Reported Receiving Recommended Preventive Care Practices, 2011–2015
|Year||Two or more A1c Tests in the Last Year||Foot Exam by Health Professional in the Last Year||Ever Attended Diabetes Self-Management Class||Dilated Eye Exam in the Last Year||Daily Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose|
|Healthy People 2020 Target||71.1||74.8||62.5||58.7||70.4|
Notes: Percentages are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population.
*Percentages meet or exceed the Healthy People 2020 target.
Data sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Diabetes Surveillance System and National Health Interview Survey.
The only recommended practice that consistently met or exceeded the Healthy People 2020 target was the dilated eye exam. In 2015, the goal of having two or more A1c tests in the last year was also met. The all-states median percentage for ever attending a diabetes self-management class was the lowest among all of the preventive care practices. DSMES programs can increase the use of preventive care services, help improve quality of life for people with diabetes, and reduce health care costs by lowering the risk of complications.11 However, barriers such as not having insurance coverage and living in a rural area can make it hard for some people to participate. To address gaps in diabetes preventive care, more research may help find new ways to overcome the challenges that prevent people from accessing DSMES programs.4
Additional national and state data are available in the United States Diabetes Surveillance System. This interactive web application allows users to view data in the form of customized maps, charts, and tables on desktop and mobile devices. The Healthy People 2020 Diabetesexternal icon website provides additional diabetes-specific objectives and recommended practices.
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- US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020 website. Social Determinants of Health. https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/social-determinants-of-healthexternal icon. Accessed September 1, 2017.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit website. https://nccd.cdc.gov/Toolkit/DiabetesImpact. Accessed May 25, 2017.
- The Policy Surveillance Program and ChangeLab Solutions. Health Insurance Coverage Laws for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training website. http://lawatlas.org/datasets/diabetes-self-management-education-lawsexternal icon. Accessed May 25, 2017.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes State Burden Toolkit website. https://nccd.cdc.gov/Toolkit/DiabetesBurdenexternal icon. Accessed May 25, 2017.
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