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CDC: Diabetes cases skyrocket nationwide

November 7, 2008 by  

Diabetes is a common health conditionThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that new diabetes cases have sharply increased over the last decade, particularly in southern states.

Many experts have suggested that the poor Western diet is to blame, along with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

The latest data finds that new diabetes cases increased from 4.8 per 1,000 people in the mid 1990s to 9.1 per 1,000 as of 2007. Minnesota had the lowest rate at 5 per 1,000 people, while West Virginia and Puerto Rico had the highest with a respective 12.7 and 12.8 per 1,000 people.

"We must step up efforts to prevent and control diabetes, particularly in the Southern U.S. region where we see higher rates of diabetes, obesity and physical inactivity," said Karen Kirtland, Ph.D., the lead author of the study.

Other states leading the way in age-adjusted new diabetes cases per 1,000 people included South Carolina (11.5), Arkansas (11.3), Georgia (11.2), and Texas (11.1). Idaho, Texas, and Florida all saw increases of over 200 percent in their age-adjusted diabetes rates. And even though Minnesota had the lowest rate of increase, the state still saw its figures go up by 67 percent over the last decade.

Other states with low diabetes rates per 1,000 include Hawaii (5.9), Wyoming (6.1), and Colorado (6.2).
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  • Gerry C

    The one thing about diabetes that has never been thoroughly checked out is the direct correlation between prevailence of the disease and ethnic mixing. For example the highest rates of diabetes occurs in ethnically mixed Blacks (mix of Black and White), Hispanics (lagely Spanish mixed with Indian and Black), French Canadians (French mixed with American Indian), and Amer-Asians.  But it is almost non-existant in groups that have not mixed, for example Dutch-Amish, mid-western Scandinavians, Germans from the mid-Atlantic states, Scotch-Irish  of Appalachia, Orthodox Jews in New York, Chinese in SanFransisco, Boston, and New York, Blacks with no White ancestors, Ethnic Japanese and Hawaians in Hawaii, Aleuts, Indians that have stayed on the reservations. But no one seems to mention it. They don’t want to be accused of racism.  

  • Gary

    It is very easy to have record increases (4.8 per million to 9.1 million) when the guidelines change for defining diabetes … as has been done in the late ’90′s and early 2000′s. Whereas, normal blood sugar was defined as 70 to 140 previously, it is now defined as 70 to 120. That 20 points includes a lot of people. That’s the problem with statistics … if you change the parameters it can skew the comparisons …

    • Barbara R.N.

      Actually the “normal” fasting blood sugar standard has been changed from 80- 120 to 80 – 100 ! This change came at the same time the drug companies started selling drugs such as Avandia for “pre-diabetes” What great timing for the drug companies! Now millions of people who previously had normal fsting blood sugars were now diagnosed as being diabetic and would be required to take medication for the rest of their lives. This is similar to the cholesteral scare. Neither of those medications have been proven to prolong lives in the general population. The key to health is fresh whole foods and regular exercise! Not pills!

  • Bob Livingston

    The root cause of the diabetes epidemic is the junk-food American diet.  Americans are addicted to sugar and fructose corn syrup.  I’ve been writing about this for years in The Bob Livingston Letter and now Personal Liberty.  The problem is getting worse by the day.  You have to work really hard in America today if you want to have anything close to a good diet and avoid sugar and fructose corn syrup.  It’s a tradgedy. –Bob.

  • http://msn Leonard

    If you look at the population explosion since 1970 to date, and correlate that to state’s with the lowest Diabetes’s in the nation. Then you will find that those state’s are far less populated for there size than other state’s in the nation allowing for better quality of living from far less stress from over crowding and mixed cultures. I believe stress from over crowding and allowing immigrants to become citizens without assimilating to American values and way of life to be the biggest culprit . Remember prior to 1964 all new citizens of America were required to pass medical exams and assimilate to our way of living. Immigrants from days past were always accepted as new Americans by the vast majority of  Americans. Immigrants use to come to America to become an American, Immigrants of old did not want to force there country’s culture on America. People came to America to become and live as American’s. Besides the obvious of processed foods and little activity. Unless we revert back to 1963 immigration policy and procedures, Stress will continue to be at the fore front as the leading cause of increased illness in America. It’s the Vanishing American Culture Stupid.

    • Catherine Waid

      Are you brain dead or a victim of mad cow disease? The rise in ALL chronic diseases is due to the toxic food, environment and atmosphere. We are flooded by toxins from every direction. Our fruits and vegetables are grown on depleted soil and full of pesticides and chemical “fertilizers” so they are far less nutritious than the produce our grandparents ate. Companies like Monsanto are pushing genetically modified foods which are highly TOXIC, are making millions on pesticides and herbacides, and bribe our lawmakers to cover up their crimes. America has become one great big toxic waste site, drug companies push drugs that don’t work and are toxic, our air and water are polluted, most of our “food” is just a bunch of chemicals and you can’t figure out why we are all so sick??? Then you use it as an excuse to justify your hatred of others??? God help us all!!!

      • Barb

        I agree that the toxic foods are the culprit, but why are you accusing someone of “hatred” for just reporting facts. I am reminded of the ancient writings that say what what we accuse others of is what we are guilty of ourselves.

  • Bob Peters

    GARY, the word “Scotch” refers to a drink.
    The word “Scot” or Scots” refers to people of Scottish decent. 
    I am one!!!!

  • L. B. Trulove

    My sister, less than 5 years ago, was diagnosed wih diabetes; for years she continued to drink “soft-drinks”, several times a day.  I am inclined to agree with Mr. Livingston that this may have contributed to her diabetes, the fructose corn syrup that is in these type of drinks. 

    Does anyone know if any scientific or other research has been done on this topic and where I might find this for further investigation.

    Thanks for your input…

  • S C Mailen, Jr.

    IT WAS KNOWN LONG AGO THAT ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS INCREASE THE ODDS OF DIABETES. COUPLE THAT WITH THE ABSOLUTE SILENCE OF THE AMA, THE FDA AND THE DRUG FIRMS AND YOU GET WHAT WE HAVE NOW – A PANDEMIC IN THE US.
    APPARENTLY, DOCTORS NO LONGER NEED A FUNCTIONAL CONSCIENCE, AS THEY RARELY HESITATE TO TELL SOMEONE WITH DIABETES TO STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT HAS  HFCS (high fructose corn syrup).
    ADD TO THIS THE TONS OF MONEY BEING MADE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND YOU CAN SEE THE SITUATION FOR WHAT IT IS. WHY MAKE IT WORSE BY NEVER QUESTIONING SOMEONE WHOSE SOLE CLAIM TO FAME IS A LICENSE TO “PRACTICE” MEDICINE? THEIR PATIENTS DON’T GET BETTER, SO WHAT DID THESE “SCIENTISTS” LEARN IN MEDICAL SCHOOL BESIDES HOW EASY IT IS TO GET RICH? WAKE UP, AMERICA.

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  • s c

    Bob, what people need to know is 1) if it’s natural, it’s good for you. 2) if it’s white, refined sugar, stay away from it and 3) if it’s an artificial sugar, STAY AWAY FROM IT!
    As long as Americans put their faith in those who do not value consistent results [politicians, money-hungry food producers and 7 out of 10 MDs], things will not change. You do not need degrees in medicine or nutrition or ‘political science’ to get and stay healthy.
    If you read, you prefer thinking to being part of a herd and you demand results from those in authority, you have a chance. Otherwise, life is just a simple matter of bohica [bend over, here it comes again].

  • Lindsey

    I have been doing alot of research on type 2 diabetes since I have been recently diagnosed. I know that I was a big soda drinker for sure. However, what I have been researching is that people who have a higher intake of omega 3 than omega 6, eliminate all corn/vegetable oils, margarine, (use real butter instead) a certain percentage are no longer diabetic. It seems that the statistics show that country’s who’s diet consists of more fish have lower diabetes statistics. I don’t no if there is any truth to this. Apparantly it is not an overnight cure. It would take a while for your system to start functioning again.

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