low rates of long-term complications, according to findings presented at a meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Atlanta and online.
Research presented at meetings is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Short-term complication rates were highest in Florida and Texas, as well as in some areas of the West Coast.
If you’re wondering if you have an increased risk of developing complications, researchers say certain groups have a heightened risk.
Compared to cold spots, hot spots had higher percentages of Hispanic diabetes patients and Black patients and were more common in densely populated areas, researchers found.
“Our hope is that by using these findings as a guide we can better concentrate our support to mitigate the complications of diabetes in these populations,” Lowe said in a meeting news release.
The results suggest that certain regions and groups of Americans are at increased risk for diabetes complications.
“Our research team is making strides to better understand the regions and populations most affected by diabetes so we can help those most in need,” Lowe adds.
Preventing diabetes complications
Diabetes can lead to several complications and there are several causes outside of where you live. The good news, however, is that you can prevent or delay these complications by being proactive and making the right lifestyle changes. Looking to get started? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on how to successfully prevent diabetes complications.