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Diabetes

27 January 2011

105 million Americans have diabetes

Diabetes now affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages and 79 million people have what doctors call "pre-diabetes," according to 2011 estimates by the CDC.

Diabetes now affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages and 79 million people have what doctors call "pre-diabetes," according to 2011 estimates by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to experts, there's one very big reason for type 2 diabetes' continuing rise among Americans - weight gain.

  • About 1.9 million American adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.
  • Diabetes rates continue to soar among racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Half of Americans aged 65 and older have pre-diabetes and nearly 27% have full-blown diabetes.
  • Around 215,000 Americans younger than age 20 have diabetes, including type 1 diabetes.

 

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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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