Today, as part of "North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care" we begin a series of reports looking at the rise of diabetes and its impact on the state. Our stories focus on northeastern North Carolina where diabetes is taking a particularly harsh toll. We begin in Northampton County, east of Interstate 95 near the Virginia border. Northampton is one of the poorest counties in the state. If you live here, you are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes than if you live in an urban area and you’re more likely to die from it. Emily Hanford prepared this report.
Sources for data and more information about diabetes:
Diabetes in NC:
- North Carolina Diabetes Prevention and Control
- Diabetes in North Carolina: A Summary Report
- Health Profile of North Carolinians: 2007 Update
- Diabetes Rates by County in NC
Race and Diabetes: