CDC report: Diabetes rates spike across US

Friday, November 16, 2012

ATLANTA – From 1995 to 2000, there was at least a 100% increase in the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes cases in 18 states, according to a Morbidity and Mortality report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published Nov. 16, 2012. Forty-two states saw an increase of at least 50%. Type 2 diabetes, for which obesity is a major risk factor, raised the most risk in southern states, where obesity levels are highest. Oklahoma had the highest increase (226%), while Kentucky was second, with a 158% increase, followed by Georgia (145%) and Alabama (140%). The American Diabetes Association says about 8% of the U.S. population—25.8 million people—have diabetes, while another 79 million are pre-diabetic. The CDC report comes on the heels of a report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimating that 42% of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030.