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Colorado seniors have fewer underlying conditions

 

Last updated 4/22/2020 at Noon



Colorado has the second-lowest rate of seniors with underlying health conditions, according to a recent report.

QuoteWizard’s team of industry experts analyzed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data to find which states had the highest prevalence of seniors with serious underlying medical conditions which include: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.

Key Colorado findings:

• Colorado’s diabetes rate for seniors is 13.85 percent. That is ranked 50th in the country.

• Cardiovascular disease rate is 6.15 percent, which is ranked 49th.

• C.O.P.D. rate is 8.6 percent, which is ranked 46th.

• Asthma rate is 9.05 percent, which is ranked 31st.

• West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama have the most at-risk group of seniors.

• Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts have the lowest number of at-risk seniors.

• 76 million Americans are over 60 years old with underlying health conditions.

• Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana are the most at-risk states when comparing the number of at-risk seniors and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

You can find the report here: https://quotewizard.com/news/posts/states-with-seniors-and-underlying-health-conditions

Key findings:

• West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama have the most at-risk group of seniors.

• Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts have the lowest number of at-risk seniors.

• 76 million Americans are over 60 years old with underlying health conditions.

• Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana are the most at-risk states when comparing the number of at-risk seniors and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

• Seniors with underlying health conditions are the most at-risk group for COVID-19. The CDC estimates that the elderly have accounted for 80 percent of fatal COVID-19 cases in China and the U.S. The CDC has identified the most at-risk underlying health conditions are chronic lung disease, asthma, heart conditions and diabetes. These health conditions put people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

• The 76 million Americans over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are those that need to take the most precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak. The severe illness risk could mean many seniors with underlying health conditions could require hospitalization or intensive care. A CDC data set of 6,637 patients found 28% with underlying health conditions had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The prevalence of these common high-risk health conditions has already put a large portion of the American population at severe risk. Reports of ventilator shortages among other medical resource shortages present additional risk for seniors with underlying health conditions.

• Given the heightened risk of underlying health conditions for seniors, QuoteWizard analyzed CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Prevalence & Trends Data to find which states had the highest prevalence of seniors over the age of 55 with an at-risk health condition for COVID-19. We evaluated the prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma among seniors in each state. Analysts then took a composite ranking of each underlying health condition to see which states were most at risk.

 

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