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US sees dramatic rise in diabetes rates: Study

Published on Nov 16, 2012 8:55 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States saw a dramatic rise in the number of adults suffering from diabetes between 1995 and 2010, according to official statistics released Thursday.

The prevalence of the disease increased by at least 50 per cent in 42 of the country's 50 states. In 18 of those, the rate at least doubled, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast," said Linda Geiss, lead author of the report.

The states that saw the highest rise in cases included Oklahoma (226 per cent), Kentucky (158 per cent), Georgia (145 per cent), Alabama (140 per cent) and Washington (135 per cent).

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