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CDC Report: Diagnosed Diabetes Cases Grow at Dramatic Rate Throughout U.S.

Eighteen states saw 100% or more increase between 1995 and 2010 (Nov. 15)

The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes cases increased in all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico between 1995 and 2010, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During that period, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes cases increased by 50% or more in 42 states and by 100% or more in 18 states.

The study, appearing in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, finds that states with the largest increases are Oklahoma (226%), Kentucky (158%), Georgia (145%), Alabama (140%), and Washington (135%).

Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (an annual telephone survey of health behaviors and conditions of U.S. adults aged 18 years and older), the researchers found that the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes cases in 2010 was 10% or more in six states and Puerto Rico.

“In 1995 only three states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had a diagnosed diabetes prevalence of 6% or more. By 2010, all 50 states had a prevalence of more than 6%,” said Ann Albright, PhD, RD. “These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity.”

Type 2 diabetes — which may be prevented through lifestyle changes — accounts for 90% to 95% of all diabetes cases in the U.S.

Source: CDC; November 15, 2012.

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