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2003 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Falls--By Risks, Conditions, and Quality of Life Measures*

The next question asks about a recent fall. By a fall, we mean when a person unintentionally comes to rest on the ground or another lower level.
In the past 3 months, have you had a fall?*

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 5,568 706 11.9 10.7-13.3 4,862 88.1 86.7-89.3
Have Health Insurance
Yes 5,008 632 12.0 10.6-13.4 4,376 88.0 86.6-89.4
No 557 74 11.7 8.4-16.0 483 88.3 84.0-91.6
Body Mass Index
Underweight 96 14 10.8 5.6-20.0 82 89.2 80.0-94.4
Recommended Range 1,808 244 13.0 10.8-15.5 1,564 87.0 84.5-89.2
Overweight 1,964 213 10.1 8.1-12.4 1,751 89.9 87.6-91.9
Obese 1,414 201 13.5 11.1-16.4 1,213 86.5 83.6-88.9
Current Smoker
No 4,436 547 11.7 10.4-13.1 3,889 88.3 86.9-89.6
Yes 1,101 153 12.5 9.5-16.3 948 87.5 83.7-90.5
Binge Drinker
No 5,336 673 11.8 10.6-13.2 4,663 88.2 86.8-89.4
Yes 179 27 15.0 7.8-27.1 152 85.0 72.9-92.2
Heavy Drinker
No 5,391 678 11.8 10.5-13.2 4,713 88.2 86.8-89.5
Yes 123 20 14.9 8.2-25.4 103 85.1 74.6-91.8
Physical Activity
Meets Recommendation 1,707 187 8.9 7.3-10.8 1,520 91.1 89.2-92.7
Some Physical Activity 2,126 233 11.8 9.7-14.3 1,893 88.2 85.7-90.3
Physically Inactive 1,515 255 15.1 12.6-18.0 1,260 84.9 82.0-87.4
Fair/Poor Health Status
Yes 1,610 319 19.7 16.7-23.2 1,291 80.3 76.8-83.3
No 3,936 380 9.0 7.8-10.3 3,556 91.0 89.7-92.2
Disability Status
Yes 2,287 450 19.2 16.7-21.9 1,837 80.8 78.1-83.3
No 3,201 250 7.2 6.0- 8.5 2,951 92.8 91.5-94.0
Current Asthma
Yes 449 82 16.2 12.2-21.3 367 83.8 78.7-87.8
No 5,102 622 11.6 10.3-13.0 4,480 88.4 87.0-89.7
Diabetes
Yes 824 150 17.0 13.7-20.9 674 83.0 79.1-86.3
Yes, During Pregnancy 20 1 7.2 1.0-37.3 19 92.8 62.7-99.0
No 4,713 552 11.1 9.8-12.6 4,161 88.9 87.4-90.2
Arthritis
Yes 2,699 434 15.5 13.6-17.6 2,265 84.5 82.4-86.4
No 2,839 265 8.7 7.2-10.5 2,574 91.3 89.5-92.8
High Blood Pressure
Yes 2,640 371 13.0 11.2-14.9 2,269 87.0 85.1-88.8
Yes, During Pregnancy 23 1 3.2 0.4-20.8 22 96.8 79.2-99.6
No 2,898 334 11.1 9.4-13.0 2,564 88.9 87.0-90.6
High Cholesterol
Yes 2,187 284 11.4 9.7-13.4 1,903 88.6 86.6-90.3
No 2,823 331 11.2 9.6-13.0 2,492 88.8 87.0-90.4
History of Cardiovascular Disease
Yes 896 168 17.9 14.3-22.2 728 82.1 77.8-85.7
No 4,581 522 10.7 9.4-12.1 4,059 89.3 87.9-90.6

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*This question was asked of respondents ages 45 or older

^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

* See Technical Notes for definitions of risk factors/conditions.

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