DiabetesThis slippage isn't an outlier. Indeed, researchers found that no U.S. states experienced both lower diabetes and obesity rates over the analysis period. And Colorado is certainly in better shape than the states with the worst numbers.
2008-2009 rate: 7.0
Percent Point Change: 1.6
2008-2009 rate: 18.8
2016-2017 rate: 20.2
Percent Point Change: 1.4
The diabetes rate in West Virginia came in at 17.9 percent, more than double Colorado's. Moreover, seven other states in the southern region — Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee — topped 14 percent.
1. Provo-Orem, UT 5.7 percentThree other metro areas finished among the fifty cities with the lowest diabetes rates in the study. They are:
2. Boulder, CO 6.1 percent
3. Fort Collins, CO 6.1 percent
4. Reno, NV 7.0 percent
5. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 7.2 percent
6. Burlington-South Burlington, VT 7.6 percent
7. Anchorage, AK 7.9 percent
8. Boise City-Nampa, ID 7.9 percent
9. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 8.2 percent
10. Madison, WI 8.3 percent
11. Colorado Springs, COClearly, Colorado remains one of the healthiest and most fit states in the nation — even if the news isn't quite as good as it once was.
Diabetes rate: 8.3
Obesity rate: 23.8
32. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
Diabetes rate: 9.3
Obesity rate: 21.1
42. Greeley, CO
Diabetes rate: 9.5
Obesity rate: 26.5
Click to read "State of American Well-Being: 2017 State and Community Rankings for the Prevalence of Diabetes."