If a community has higher than average health risks, it often requires more medical assistance. But according to a new study from the Yale School of Public Health, the need for Type 2 diabetes screenings in rural communities is not being met.
Individuals in rural communities, like those studied by the study’s first author Phoebe Tran GRD ’22, have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Still, the study showed the number of per capita diabetes screenings in rural U.S. communities do not differ from those in urban and suburban areas. Although it may seem equitable to administer the same number of screenings regardless of geography, rural communities’ large rate of Type 2 diabetes-related afflictions puts them in vulnerable positions. According to the paper, rural citizens have higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol than urbanites.
“There really wasn’t much of a difference between any of the urban, rural and suburban areas,” Tran said. “Even though there’s a higher risk factor for diabetes in rural areas, we still see similar levels of screening across all areas of the US.”