Diabetes rates double in 18 states
The results of a recent CDC report suggest that diabetes rates are on the rise--at an alarming rate.
Sound like old news? Here's some food for thought: 18 states have seen diabetes diagnoses double since 1995. The increase of the disease is going hand-in-hand with increasing rates of obesity, too. Lead author Linda Geiss, a CDC statistician, says that some states are being impacted more than others.
"Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest and Northeast," she noted.
Boom caused by high rate of new diagnoses
States with the highest increase in diabetes since 1995 were Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Washington and Oklahoma. And in states like Tennessee and Texas, diabetics made up 10 percent or more of the state's population in 2010.
The statistics appear in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which is comprised of data collected by telephone surveys of more than 1,000 adults in each state over a 10-year period. It appears the main reason for the huge spike in diabetes is due to the striking number of new diagnoses that are made each year.
The report didn't differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes; the latter makes up about 95 percent of diabetes cases. The CDC notes that costs for diabetes exceeded $174 billion in 2007, and in the same year about $1 of every $10 spent on health care went toward diabetes care.
The report was the first in more than 10 years to look at how diabetes is spreading on a national level.
Sources: Washington Post, Business Week