According to the Centers for Disease Control, 53 percent of individuals with diabetes in the District of Columbia are obese and 82.5 percent are either overweight or obese. In addition, hypertension and diabetes are co-morbid in 62 percent of adults in the District of Columbia, indicating that patients with the highest rates of weight issues are also at the highest risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Wards 4 through Ward 8, the poorest in Washington, have the highest concentration of African Americans and the highest rates of obesity among those with diabetes. In response, Howard University Hospital’s Diabetes Treatment Center today announced a program to deploy a mobile personal health record from NoMoreClipboard to help overweight, pre-diabetic young adults make lifestyle changes aimed at preventing diabetes.
African-American patients between the ages of 18 and 24 diagnosed [Read more…]