Diabetes: How are we doing?

A new national report card on diabetes care shows that many Americans with diabetes are not meeting their goals for controlling the disease.

Mohammed K. Ali, professor of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, led a CDC team that analyzed the health data of people with diabetes from 1999 to 2010. Their findings were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Diabetes takes a heavy toll in Georgia and across the South. From 1995 to 2010, Georgia experienced a 145 percent increase in its rate of diabetes. Proper care of the disease is a big factor in the state’s overall health statistics and even its economy.

In this video interview, courtesy of Emory University, Ali discusses with GHN the central findings of the study and how the data could help in assessment of reforms created by the Affordable Care Act.