Diabetes diagnoses increasing at alarming rate

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The odds are increasing that you or someone you know has Type 2 diabetes. The latest Morbidity and Mortality report (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that from 1995 to 2010, there was at least a 100% increase in the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes cases in 18 states. Forty-two states saw an increase of at least 50%.

“Even when you know that [the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes] is increasing, to see that level of increase was shocking to me,” says Linda Geiss, a statistician with CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation and the lead author of the MMWR.

“It was the 100% figure. 100% – that’s a large increase.”

Predictably, states in the South where obesity levels have also steadily increased had some of the highest increases in diabetes. Oklahoma topped the list with an increase of 226%, followed by Kentucky with 158%, Georgia with 145%, Alabama…

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