Chicago Health Disparities Persist But Can Be Stopped

November 20, 2014 1:56 AM

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The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care reported recently that blacks with diabetes in Chicago had 1.7 times the rate of limb amputations than whites with diabetes (3.4 per 1,000 vs. 2.0 per 1,000).

Losing a leg from diabetes isn't a given, nor are racial differences in this health outcome. We know how to prevent diabetes-related complications such as limb amputations, blindness, and kidney failure. Controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol can significantly reduce the risk of com...

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