Diabetes

Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus share the name "diabetes" because they are both conditions characterized by excessive urination (polyuria). 

When "diabetes" is used alone, it refers to diabetes mellitus. The two main types of diabetes mellitus -- insulin-requiring type 1 diabetes and adult-onset type 2 diabetes -- are distinct and different diseases in themselves.

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels, that result from defects in insulin secretion, or action, or both. Normally, blood glucose levels are tightly controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin lowers the blood glucose level. When the blood glucose elevates (for example, after eating food), insulin is released from the pancreas to normalize the glucose level. In patients with diabetes, the absence or insufficient production of insulin causes hyperglycemia. Diabetes is a chronic medical condition, meaning that although it can be controlled, it lasts a lifetime.

(Definition supplied by MedicineNet.com: http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11148 on 3/11/2010)

Performance Key

within the top 10% in nation at or better than national average below national average NA = Data is not applicable
Diabetes Columns
HgA1c Test % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  
January '08 - December '08 94 95 91 NA 95 92 96 88 NA 87    85  90  94  
Lipid Profile (LDL) % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  %  
January '08 - December '08 92 95 82 NA 95 82 92 86 NA 89    85  90  94  
Microalbumin % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  %  
January '08 - December '08 87 69 61 NA 67 79 48 56 NA 4    75  80  90  
Dilated Eye Exam (by an optometrist or ophthalmogist) % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  
January '08 - December '08 52 56 64 NA 62 71 32 28 NA 0    60  65  70  
Proportion with HgAIc < 8 % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  
January '08 - December '08 73 78 66 NA 70 74 72 70 NA 68    65  70  75  
Proportion with HgAIc < 7 % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  %  
January '08 - December '08 63 72 68 NA 69 68 72 71 NA 71    NA NA NA  
Proportion with LDL < 130 % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  %  
January '08 - December '08 80 81 61 NA 94 69 91 77 NA 85    70 75   80  
Proportion with LDL < 100 % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  %  
January '08 - December '08 82 72 67 NA 85 76 75 83 NA 87    NA NA NA  
Proportion with BP < 140 systolic and < 80 diastolic. BP check each visit % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  %  
January '08 - December '08 50 65 54 NA 57 55 24 32 NA 32    60  70  75  
Proportion with BP < 130 systolic and diastolic % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  %  
January '08 - December '08 37 61 44 NA 45 47 20 24 NA 17    NA NA NA  

Data Last Updated: NA
Page Last Updated: March 24, 2010

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