Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Diabetes On Rise Says CDC

Diabetes Cases Increase 15% in 2 Years . . .

Federal health officials sounded an alarm Tuesday about the staggering rise of diabetes in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control said a record 24-million Americans – eight percent of the population - now have diabetes.

That's an increase of three million over the course of three years; 25% of people over the age of 60 are affected.

The study also shows that 57 million more people are pre-diabetic, which means they are at risk of the disease.

“We've been busy right along,” says Dr. Steven Zygmot with Joslin Diabetes Center. The center sees only about 10 percent to 15 percent of Central New York diabetics.

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