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  • frankfrazzano frankfrazzano Nov 18, 2012 9:25 AM Flag

    Diabetes Rates Soar in U.S. as 18 States See Cases Double

    Diabetes Rates Soar in U.S. as 18 States See Cases Double

    By Michelle Fay Cortez - Nov 15, 2012 1:55 PM ET

    The number of people living with diabetes is soaring in the U.S., as 18 states had at least a doubling in those with the illness since 1995, a government survey found.

    Diabetics made up 6 percent or more of the population in all 50 states in 2010, an increase from just three states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in 1995, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates are increasing in tandem with obesity, which has reached epidemic proportions as physical activity levels plunge and daily calorie counts soar, according to the CDC.

    The findings have health and economic implications as the number of Americans with diabetes is expected to continue climbing unless effective prevention and treatment efforts are established, Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s division of diabetes translation, said. Diabetes costs topped $174 billion in 2007, the most recent numbers available, with about $1 of every $10 spent on health care going toward the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.

    “It’s potentially a big problem, and it’s a problem that is going to increase,” said Adrian Vella, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who studies the development of prediabetes. “The longer that people live the more likely they are to have diabetes. And the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to have complications from it.”

    Telephone Surveys

    The findings in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report are based on telephone surveys conducted across the U.S. Researchers asked people if had been told they had diabetes. They didn’t differentiate between Type 1, which develops in children who stop producing the hormone insulin, and Type 2, which accounts for as many as 95 percent of cases. Type 2 diabetes, where the body doesn’t properly use insulin, generally occurs in older people who are overweight and sedentary.

    “Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest and Northeast,” said Linda Geiss, a CDC statistician and the lead study author, in a statement. The findings confirm earlier reports that the highest numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes live in the south and the Appalachian states, she said.

    The news wasn’t all bad. The increased number of people with diabetes probably stems in part from better survival among people with the disease, the CDC report said. Death rates fell faster among diabetics than those without it from 1997 through 2006 as medical care improved, national data shows.

    New Cases

    The greatest reason for the increase is the number of newly diagnosed cases each year since 1990, according to the report. While some of the increase may stem from better detection, it also coincides with higher obesity rates, the report found.

    Almost 19 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, and another 7 million had undetected disease, according to the CDC.

    The states with the largest increases in diabetes rates from 1995 through 2010 were Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and Washington. In Oklahoma alone, the diabetes rate rose 227 percent, the study found. In six states and Puerto Rico, the number of diabetics was 10 percent or more of the population in 2010. They were Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina.

    The CDC findings confirm what doctors are seeing in their practices across the country, Vella said during a telephone interview. It’s critical that people work to remain as close as possible to their healthy body weight, which is one of the best ways to prevent development of the disease, he said.

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    • A great play for diabetes is the diagnostic firm Trinity Biotech (TRIB) which just came out with a new system to test levels. The Premier system is state of the art, tests current and PAST sugar levels and is approved in USA and Europe. Approval soon in China and South America.
      Good luck to all!


      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • A lot of it is hereditary, I know. I have type 2 diabetes. Didn't get it diagnosed till later in life. I watch my weight, walk about 20 miles a week, eat relatively well but I can thank my parents. I still like a good piece of apple pie with ice cream. lol

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • ...I posted the Diabetes Article which is nothing new to support the theme that we are an OLDER, less aerobic, and poorer diet population and growing more obese and this is a LT trend that has its roots in the post 70s shift toward less PHS ED in school, more pizzas and coke in the diet, a fast paced society looking for a quick fix...and the end result is obvious. We can play this trend w/ our Investment strategy as one looks for remedies...I have my ex CLDX ideas and have acted on a couple...the one where we all seem to agree is the concomitant often seem CANCER increase with this FATTER less aerobic society is getting worse...CLDX is well positioned to take advantage in this growing trend and Healthcare disaster that invades not only America but most Western Cultures! China could be the next big picture market for Diabetes as we know they have about 79M people w/ Diabetes now! With that near Diabetes epidemic comes CKD, CANCER, HBP, and all the other plagues we have come to know well in the states...HIV, HPV and HCV are also among some of go invest wisely and do good DD!

      GLTA CLDX longs!


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