Health department wants Bronx labs to help pinpoint diabetes

The New York City Health Department is formulating a plan to gather information to help track and prevent the fourth leading cause of death in New York -- diabetes.

The health department says it wants to compile data from labs across the region, starting with the Bronx. The health department indicates its desire to start with the Bronx because the borough has the most diabetics out of all five boroughs. According to the health department, an estimated 18 percent of all people living in south Bronx are diabetic.

With 520,000 New Yorkers suffering from diabetes, and an additional 265,000 being afflicted and not knowing it, the health department thinks blood tests and data compilations are long overdo.

A public hearing for the health department?s plan to address and prevent diabetes is expected in August.

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