The percent of adults living with diabetes ranges from 8 to 14 percent across Missouri counties. Understanding where these disparities occur, and for which conditions, is critical to understanding and improving community health.
The rates of hospital-diagnosed diabetes per 1,000 population ranges across Boone County ZIP Codes from 2.4 in Columbia (65215) to 490.2 in Sturgeon (65284). Identifying the communities within counties that are driving high rates of illness can help target resources to maximize the effectiveness of community health improvement interventions.
Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes. The incidence of hospital-diagnosed obesity for Boone County ZIP Codes closely resembles the rates of diabetes. Identifying and understanding the underlying drivers of health outcomes increases the likelihood of successful prevention efforts.