The Diabetes Surge
New diagnoses of diabetes are on the rise, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. A national phone survey found that the average age-adjusted incidence of diabetes among 33 participating states nearly doubled—from 4.8 per 1,000 people each year between 1995 and 1997 to 9.1 per 1,000 between 2005 and 2007. The greatest increase was seen in the South, with the highest rate (12.7 per 1,000) in West Virginia. Of the states that participated, Minnesota had the lowest rate, at 5.0. While this is the first study to record state-specific trends in new diabetes diagnoses, the researchers say there are limitations to the data: Diabetes diagnosis was self-reported, undiagnosed cases of diabetes weren’t counted, and the study didn’t adjust for improvements in diabetes diagnosis over the years.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 31, 2008