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U.S. Diabetes Rates on the Rise

June 25, 2008 04:03 PM
by Lindsey Chapman
Around 24 million people in the United States have diabetes, up 15 percent from two years ago.

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New estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that approximately eight percent of the U.S. population has diabetes.

Most of the individuals living with the condition have type 2 diabetes, which has been tied to obesity and insufficient exercise.

“It’s very important that people understand how serious this disease is and that this growth in this epidemic is very, very concerning,” stated Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can occur in any age group.

Even though rising rates of diabetes may seem troubling, experts are encouraged in one regard—the number of diabetes cases going undiagnosed is lower.

“We’re happy to report that there are more people who are aware that they have diabetes than in the past,” Albright said.

If ignored, diabetes can cause damage to organs like the kidneys and eyes, cautions Dr. Larry Deeb of the American Diabetes Association. “We need to diagnose it and get it treated to prevent that damage. The only way to know is to see a doctor and get tested. Not knowing doesn’t do your health any good. You don’t feel bad until it’s too late.”

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