U.S. diagnosis of diabetes nearly doubles

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 26, 2012

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There has been a substantial increase in the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. and Puerto Rico since 1995, said a study in the Nov. 16 issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has nearly doubled during that time to 18.8 million Americans. The South was the region with the highest number of diabetes cases (link).

The rising number is due to changes in diagnostic criteria, improved means of detecting the disease and an increase in the prevalence of risk factors for the condition, the study said.

Researchers examined data on self-reported diabetes in adults 18 and older collected between 1995 and 2010 by the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Women who had only gestational diabetes and individuals with prediabetes or borderline diabetes were not considered to have the chronic condition.

The study’s authors recommend implementing diabetes prevention strategies that target everyone, especially high-risk groups, to reverse the trend.

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