Weekly Diabetes Health Factoids

Mar 18, 2008

This Week’s Diabetes Health Factoids
Number of U.S. Adults Diagnosed With Diabetes:
15.1 million

Breakdown of U.S. Adult Cases of Diabetes by Ethnicity:

  • African-American females: 13.2 percent
  • Mexican-American males: 11 percent
  • Mexican-American females: 10.9 percent
  • African-American males: 10.7 percent
  • Non-Hispanic white males: 6.7 percent
  • Non-Hispanic white females: 5.6 percent

Increase in new diagnoses of diabetes between 1995 and 2004: 23 percent

Increase in the number of U.S. adults living with diabetes between 1995 and 2004: 62 percent

Worldwide sales of oral anti-diabetic drugs: $11 billion+ annually.

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Sources: American Heart Association, HealthDay, Medicare, Heritage Medical Research Institute

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Posted by Anonymous on 20 March 2008

This article is a good example of what one commenter remarked about in response to another article .... even in a knowledgeable, useful, and thoughtful publication like this specializing in covering diabetes, the statistics make no distinctions between Type I and Type II. When that's the case, how can we expect the rest of the media or the public to make the distinction?

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