Staggering yet sadly predictable US diabetes growth continues

Staggering yet sadly predictable US diabetes growth continues

Just watch New Zealand, Australia and the UK follow suit…

The hard and cold numbers just released by a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Federal Report and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System as published in the November 16, 2012 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:

  • Diabetes rates have doubled in just 15 years across 18 states
  • Oklahoma diabetes rates have grown by 226% in 15 years
  • Kentucky diabetes rates have grown by 158% in 15 years
  • Georgia diabetes rates have grown by 145% in 15 years
  • Alabama diabetes rates have grown by 140% in 15 years
  • In 42 states, diabetes jumped by 50%
  • In six states and Puerto Rico, one in 10 adults now have diabetes
  • More than a third (36%) of U.S. adults are now obese
  • All states now have rates of 6% diabetes or more
  • Type II diabetes, which is strongly tied to obesity, makes up 90%-95% of all diabetes cases in the United States

“I was shocked myself. We know diabetes has been increasing for decades, but to see 18 states having an increase of 100% was shocking. The diabetic epidemic has gone hand-in- hand with the increases in obesity”
Lead researcher Linda Geiss, a statistician in CDC’s division of diabetes.

“The CDC has long warned us that as many as one out of three Americans could be diabetic by mid-century. The result would be a ‘staggering’ figure, well over 100 million people with diabetes and representing a cost in both human and economic terms that is apt to be unbearable. This report shows us that ominous trend is well under way. Virtually all of this burden of disease could be eliminated. At the population level, diabetes is deemed to be preventable at least 90% of the time. Individual risk can be reduced by as much. A worsening epidemic of diabetes is engulfing us. We have the knowledge we need of what works, but have thus far failed to apply it effectively”
Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center.

As reported by HealthDay News on November 15, 2012.

Posted: Tuesday 27 November 2012