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Alaska leads the nation in the rates of violent crime and the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, according to the latest edition of “America’s Health Rankings” from the United Health Foundation, but there is otherwise good news in the report and some of it is surprising.

Overall, the state’s 29th place ranking puts it at the top of the loser’s group on a United Health’s health-care graphic, but the details of the rankings paint a somewhat better picture.

Diabetes, which had once been considered an epidemic in the 49th state, is falling.

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