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Diabetes Rises to New High in the U. S. as Communities Take Action Against It

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By Jane Kennedy –

 

diabetes aa(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. climbed to a new high of 11.6 percent last year, up from 10.6 percent in 2008, according to a new report by Gallup and Sharecare, titled “The Face of Diabetes in the United States.”

“If the diabetes rate had held steady at its 2008 level rather than increased, 2.5 million fewer U.S. adults would have the disease today. Hospitals, health systems, employers, community leaders and other champions of population health are implementing both inpatient and outpatient solutions to address this rising epidemic,” said the report released this summer.

Without differentiating between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the report analyzes diabetes prevalence across key demographics, occupations, and regions. Neither does it take into account whether those surveyed were undergoing treatment. Rather, the new numbers are based on the answer to the question, “Has a doctor or nurse ever told you that you have diabetes?”

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