24 Million Americans Diabetic in 2007

June 25th, 2008 - 5:42 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

24 million Americans had diabetes in 2007, , the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. 57 million Americans had pre-diabetes, which puts people at increased risk for diabetes.

People with diabetes who didn’t know they were diabetic decreased to 25 percent.

“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,” Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation, said in a prepared statement.

“On the other hand, it is good to see that more people are aware that they have diabetes. That is an indication that our efforts to increase awareness are working, and more importantly, that more people are better prepared to manage this disease and its complications,” Albright said.

Diabetes increased in both men and women in all age groups. .

“These data are an important step in identifying the places in a state that have the greatest number of people affected by diabetes. If states know which communities or areas have more people with diabetes, they can use that information to target their efforts or tailor them to meet the needs of specific communities,” Albright said.

Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, can cause serious health complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure.

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