Federal Report Finds 15% Increase in Diabetes Cases Over Two Years
An estimated 24 million U.S. residents have diabetes, a 15% increase from two years earlier, according to a CDC report released on Tuesday, Bloomberg/Philadelphia Inquirer reports (Lopatto, Bloomberg/Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/25). About 8% of the U.S. population has the disease, according to CDC (Redmon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/25).
The report, led by Ann Albright, director of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, is based on data from 2007 (AP/Chicago Tribune, 6/24).
The report found that the number of people with undiagnosed diabetes fell to 5.7 million, from 6.2 million in 2005, indicating growing awareness about the disease, according to CDC (Bloomberg/Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/25). However, the report also found that 57 million people have blood sugar abnormalities called pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the risk of acquiring the disease (AP/Chicago Tribune, 6/24).
The study also found that nearly 25% of people older than age 60 have the disease.
After adjusting for population differences among groups, researchers found that the rate of diagnosed diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives was 16.5%, 11.8% among blacks, 10.4% among Hispanics, 7.5% among Asians and 6.6% among whites (Bloomberg/Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/25).
"It is concerning to know that we have more people developing diabetes, and these data are a reminder of the importance of increasing awareness of this condition, especially among people who are at high risk," Albright wrote in a statement. She added, "On the other hand, it is good to see that more people are aware that they have diabetes" (AP/Chicago Tribune, 6/25).
On Tuesday, NBC's "Nightly News" included coverage of the study and comments from David Nathan of Massachusetts General Hospital and CDC's Ann Albright (Bazell, "Nightly News," CBS, 6/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.