The Burden of Diabetes in Rural America

Research center:
Project funded:
September 2016
Project completed:
March 2018

Diabetes prevalence is approximately 17 percent higher in rural areas than urban areas, with previous studies showing that rural adults were more likely to report a diagnosis of diabetes than urban adults. A primary aim of this project was to compare urban-versus-rural Type 2 diabetes prevalence, morbidity and mortality, and investigate the influence of selected demographics. Included was a comparison of border versus non-border states, with regard to type 2 diabetes and its complications. The study examined data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project state emergency department and inpatient survey databases (years 2007 – 2014), and CDC-Wonder Mortality Data.