Diabetes: US Rate of Diabetes Doubled in Past 10 Years; High Incidence in South

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the rising rate of obesity is behind the 2 fold increase of type 1 and/or type 2 diabetes. A breakdown of the incidence rate by 33 individual states is available in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weeky Report (MMWR), published just last week.

"The figures came from a telephone survey of more than 260,000 adults across the country who were asked if they had ever been diagnosed with diabetes and where that diagnosis took place. In 1995-97 the survey included 33 states although in 2005-07 it included 40 states. However, the study only shows comparisons for the 33 states.

The age-adjusted figures for 33 states show that the incidence of diabetes was 90 per cent higher in 2005-07 than in 1995-97, confirming fears that diabetes will continue to be a major public health problem in the US, said the CDC. "(Medical News Today)

Although ageing, a sedentary lifestyle, physical inactivity and minority status/ethnicity are all contributing risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, the CDC report indicates that the rise of obesity matches the increase in diabetes. People in Southern states have a higher incidence rate of type 2 diabetes risk factors. 90 to 95 percent of US diabetic patients have type 2 diabetes.

Limitations of the MMWR report are the lack of consideration of improved rates of diabetes detection/diagnosis and limited data collected from certain states. 

"State-Specific Incidence of Diabetes Among Adults — Participating States, 1995–1997 and 2005–2007."
KA Kirtland, YF Li, LS Geiss, TJ Thompson.
Div of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC.
MMWR, October 31, 2008 / 57(43);1169-1173.

Click here for the full MMWR report.

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