Health
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity

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Source: New York State Department of Health

What does this measure?

The number of diabetes deaths broken down by race/ethnicity, expressed as a rate per 100,000 population.

Why is this important?

Diabetes is a major cause of kidney failure, heart disease and stroke, and the 8th leading cause of death in the United States. Associated with lack of activity and being overweight and obese, Type 2 diabetes is a growing public health concern across the U.S.

How is Westchester County performing?

In 2018-20, African Americans in Westchester County had the highest rate of deaths due to diabetes, at 29 per 100,000, higher than the rate for Hispanics, at 19 per 100,000, Asians, at 10 per 100,000, and 9 per 100,000 for Whites. Westchester's rates are below state rates for all racial/ethnic groups.

Compared with similar counties, Westchester had the second lowest morality rate from diabetes among African Americans, above Rockland County at 24, the highest rate among Hispanics, and was tied for the second highest rate among Asians, behind Nassau at 12.

Why do these disparities exist?

Lack of access to health care and lower socioeconomic status among African American and other populations can be barriers to preventing diabetes and managing diabetes once diagnosed. Minority populations with diabetes are more likely to receive less and lower-quality care and have serious diabetes-related complications. Genetic predisposition, higher rates of obesity, earlier onset, diet and lack of exercise have all been shown to contribute to these racial and ethnic disparities.

Notes about the data

Rates are age-adjusted, meaning adjusted to account for differences in age distributions across geographies.

Diabetes Mortality per 100,000 population, age-adjusted, 2018-20
Asian or Pacific IslanderBlackHispanicWhiteTotal
Westchester County10.128.618.79.313.2
Nassau County11.529.312.710.012.5
Putnam County0.047.85.414.413.9
Rockland County9.523.514.210.413.1
New York State13.335.921.115.419.2

Source: New York State Department of Health
Notes: 100,000 population, age-adjusted








INDICATORS TREND | WESTCHESTER
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0
Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care 0
Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Single Female-Headed Households -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate -1
Decreasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Reported Victims of Domestic Violence -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households without Vehicles 0
Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Air Quality 1
Increasing
Population Density 0
Maintaining
Water Quality of the Long Island Sound 1
Increasing
Open Space in Westchester County 1
Increasing
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Age -1
Decreasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
People 65 or Older Living Alone -1
Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs 1
Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0
Maintaining
Income in Relation to Poverty Level 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Seniors Living in Poverty 1
Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 0
Maintaining
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households -1
Decreasing
Homelessness, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Homelessness, by Sex 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Student Spending 0
Maintaining
Student Suspensions -1
Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Without Health Insurance -1
Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Mortality Rate from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Suicide Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*


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