US Diabetes Rates Double in 20 Years, Diagnosis Rates Improve

US Diabetes Rates Double in 20 Years, Diagnosis Rates Improve

The “staggering” increase in obesity rates among Americans is the most likely reason behind a near-doubling in the prevalence of diabetes over the past 20 years, according to a new study, which also found “striking differences” in diabetes rates among minorities. On average, about 10% of the adult US population now suffers from the disease—up from 5.5% in 1994.

The findings, which appear in the April 15 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, point to general improvements in diagnosis rates, with the rate of undiagnosed diabetes estimated at about 11% of total confirmed cases. The study also reports that prevalence of treatment is also more widespread.

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