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State of Diabetes in Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Business Group on,Health Releases Report

Good News: Percentage of Working Age People with Diabetes, Hospital and Professional Charges Lower Than Both PA and National Averages

PITTSBURGH, April 02, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Pittsburgh Business Group on Health (PBGH) announced today the release of a new report on the prevalence, costs and quality of care for people with Type 2 diabetes. The inaugural Pittsburgh Type 2 Diabetes Report for 2006 presents an overview of patient demographics, hospital and professional charges, utilization of clinical services and drug therapy for people with Type 2 Diabetes in Pittsburgh, other regional markets in Western Pennsylvania and Wheeling, West Virginia. The report also provides state and national benchmarks that can help employers and providers better identify opportunities to serve the needs of people with Type 2 diabetes.

"PBGH developed the Pittsburgh Type 2 Diabetes Report to serve as a useful resource for employers in their efforts to provide work-site wellness and care management programs to help employees manage chronic conditions like diabetes more effectively," said Christine Whipple, executive director of PBGH. "This report points out the good progress that has been made in the Pittsburgh region caring for people with diabetes," added Donna Frisch, Senior Manager, Corporate Benefits, H.J. Heinz Company and the PBGH President, "but it also spotlights where the need is to support people with Type 2 diabetes."

Prevalence of diabetes for prime working age versus seniors

According to this report, less than half (49.1 percent) the people with Type 2 Diabetes in 2005 in Pittsburgh were between the ages of 18 and 64 years old, the prime working ages for most Americans. This was significantly less than the PA average of 52.7% and the national average of 53.8 percent. For the population over age 64, however, the percentage of people with Type 2 Diabetes, 50.6%, is significantly higher
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