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57% of diabetics must check their blood sugar level every day, and 20% of diabetics that require medication do not take it because they cannot afford it (Mulvihill et al., 2006)?
Can you assist me by visiting the American Diabetics Association (ADA) site at http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-statistics.jsp and reviewing the diabetes statistics.
1. What statistic surprised you when you visited the ADA Web site? Copy and paste the statistic at the beginning of your response and be sure to cite this information correctly.
2. In what ways does this statistic impact human health?
3. What approaches might be used to change the statistic?

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There are many statistics that you should look over and see if there are any that jump out at you as being far from normal. Perhaps the most troubling for me, personally, is the statistic that:

Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people
Prediabetes: 79 million people

Compared to the diagnosed 18.8 million people, the statistics suggest that on top of diagnosed cases, there are an additional nearly 50% more cases which are undiagnosed, and more than ten times that number for people who are pre-diabetic.

It suggests that although diabetes is diagnosed in a very large population, there is an even larger population that is either at risk or have it but aren't aware of the disease. This means that any intervention against the disease, if any, for those who are ...

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The statistics on diabetes are examined. How statistics impacts human health is determined. The approaches which might be used to change the statistics is determined.

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Statistics Problem Set: Diabetes and Weight

1. In a study of the effects of diet on diabetes, subjects put on one of three diets: (i) Mediterranean diet (more vegetables, olive oil, less meat), (ii) low-carb diet or (iii) unrestricted (subjects may eat what they typically eat).

The following was observed from the study:
- 40.1% of those in an unrestricted diet developed diabetes. That figure amounted to 51.74% of those who ultimately suffered from the diabetes.
- 78.15% of those in a low-carb diet did not get diabetes. That is the equivalent of 25.38% of the total number of subjects.

Mediterranean Low-Carb Unrestricted
Diabetes 89
No diabetes 186

Use the study details to fill in all the missing values in the above table.

2. Here is a two-way table of the number of adults in the United States (in thousands) classified by age group and weight category based on body mass index (BMI).

Underweight Healthy weight Overweight Obese
18 to 44 years 2,325 43,277 33,863 25,835
45 to 64 years 753 21,871 27,708 21,803
65 to 74 years 248 5,702 7,194 4,907
75 years and over 597 6,756 5,861 2,837

The total counts in each age group are very different, so it is important to use percents rather than counts in comparing them. Find the conditional distribution of weight category given the age group. Use your results to describe the obesity crisis in the four age groups.

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