Rates of Type 2 Diabetes in US Shoot Up

Did you know that November is American Diabetes Month? Now that we’ve gorged on Halloween candy and are getting ready for some calorie laden holiday meals, the CDC has chosen this month to share some sobering news. The rates of Type 2 Diabetes in the US (by far the most common kind) have increased from 4.8 per 1,000 in 1995-1997 to 9.1 per 1,000 in 2005-2007. That’s a 90% increase.

What’s more, about one third of us don’t even know we have diabetes. If you haven’t had a checkup in a while, and are having any of the symptoms listed here you might want to make an appointment. Undiagnosed diabetes causes:

– Slow-healing sores or cuts
– Itching of the skin (usually around the groin area)
– Frequent yeast infections
– Recent weight gain
– Velvety dark skin changes of the neck, armpit, and groin
– Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
– Vision deterioration
– Impotence

Obesity was cited as a major predictor of developing diabetes according to the CDC survey data, the first to give a state-by-state analysis of diabetes rates.

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