Diabetes among Older Adults

Finger Lakes Region

This chart is based on BRFSS survey data and displays the percentage of older adults in the Finger Lakes who have been told that they have diabetes. The "18+" bar enables a comparison of the older adults to the overall adult population. When comparing the 55+ population to the overall adult (18+) population, older adults have a significantly higher prevalence of diabetes, at approximately double the percentage. Age is, undeniably, one risk factor for development of diabetes, but with Type II diabetes there are many modifiable risk factors and evidence-based programs aimed at reducing risk and prolonging healthy living. These strategies are important for older adults as development of diabetes can increase risk of other health conditions including, but not limited to, heart disease, eye and vision concerns and poor kidney health.

Images are available for download at no cost and free of any copyright restrictions. We ask that you keep the Common Ground logo on the images to identify the source. To help us improve, we’d love to hear how you are using these resources. Email us at communications@commongroundhealth.org.

Share Insight