The State of Diabetes in Arkansas
The prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas has been at or above the national average for the past 10 years. There was a 35% increase in the diabetes prevalence from 1993 to 2002.
An estimated 227,000 adult Arkansans had diabetes in 2003. Of those, 151,000 were diagnosed, but it remained undetected and untreated in the rest.
The prevalence of diabetes increases with age, with the prevalence among persons over the age of 45 being more than four times greater than the prevalence found among younger persons.
The diabetes prevalence among African Americans (9.7 %) is significantly higher than among whites (7.1%).
Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in Arkansas and the 4th leading cause of death among African Americans.
Source: Arkansas Matters