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16 November 2012

Diabetes increases in US

The United States saw a dramatic rise in the number of adults suffering from diabetes between 1995 and 2010, according to official statistics.

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The United States saw a dramatic rise in the number of adults suffering from diabetes between 1995 and 2010, according to official statistics.

The prevalence of the disease increased by at least 50% in 42 of the country's 50 states. In 18 of those, the rate at least doubled, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast," said Linda Geiss, lead author of the report.

The states that saw the highest rise in cases included Oklahoma (226%), Kentucky (158%), Georgia (145%), Alabama (140%)and Washington (135%).

How the study was done

In 1995, only three states along with the District of Columbia - home of the nation's capital, Washington - and Puerto Rico had a diagnosed diabetes prevalence of at least six percent.

But by 2010, all 50 US states recorded a prevalence of more than six percent, said Ann Albright, who heads the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation.

"These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity," she said in a statement. More than a third of American adults are obese.

Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90-95%of all diabetes cases in the United States, could be prevented by making lifestyle changes, the statement said.

The CDC, together with its partners, is working on initiatives to prevent type 2 diabetes and minimise complications in those already diagnosed with the disease. The study used data from an annual telephone survey of health behaviours and conditions of US adults aged 18 and older.

(AFP, November 2012)

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