Diabetes is most common in poorest neighborhoods.
The study, by New York City Controller William Thompson, broke down the neighborhoods that report the most cases.
But the report also looked at which areas’ residents suffer the worst complications, such as stroke, heart attack and kidney failure.
"For the first time ever, this report identifies the neighborhoods where diabetics become the sickest from the disease," Thompson said. "Effective medical management can significantly reduce the human and financial cost associated with this debilitating disease."
About 450,000 adult New Yorkers are known to have diabetes, and authorities estimate an additional 200,000 may have the disease and not know it.
Poring over city Health Department statistics, Thompson’s office found that 15% of people who live in East Harlem and Williamsburg/Bushwick in Brooklyn are diabetic, while only 2% of upper East Siders have the disease.
For the most part, Thompson’s study found a strong correlation between neighborhoods with the most cases and those in which the effects were the worst.
"Diabetes is epidemic in the city and throughout the United States," Dinsay said. "The Health Department is committed to educating New Yorkers about how to prevent and manage the disease and working with doctors to improve disease management."
Published on August 23, 2004