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Just when we got used to saying that 18 million Americans have diabetes, the number has gone up three million since 2002.
That’s because new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Education Program indicate that 21 million Americans (7 percent of the U.S. population) now have diabetes. Furthermore, more than six million of those people do not know they have diabetes. In addition, another 41 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes—the most common form of the disease—as well as heart disease and stroke.
“Recent studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes can successfully prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight,” says Frank Vinicor, MD, director of the CDC diabetes program.
The CDC’s 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet is available at www.cdc.gov/diabetes.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Highlights of the CDC’s 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet
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