Diabetes increased by 100% or more in 18 states during 16-year span

Between 1995 and 2010, the age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed diabetes increased by ≥50% in 42 states and by ≥100% in 18 states.

Between 1995 and 2010, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes increased by 50% or more in 42 states and by 100% or more in 18 states, CDC reported in the November 16 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. During that time period, the agency reported that diabetes prevalence increased in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The states with the largest increases in diabetes prevalence between 1995 and 2010 were as follows:

  • Oklahoma: 226%
  • Kentucky: 158%
  • Georgia: 145%
  • Alabama: 140%
  • Washington: 135%

In a news release, Linda Geiss, a statistician with the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation and lead author of the report, said, “Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast. These data also reinforce findings from previous studies, which indicate that the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes is highest in the southern and Appalachian states.”

The study was based on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is a telephone survey conducted annually that assesses health behaviors and conditions of U.S. adults 18 years or older.

“In 1995, only three states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had a diagnosed diabetes prevalence of 6% or more. By 2010, all 50 states had a prevalence of more than 6%,” stated Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director, CDC Division of Diabetes Translation. “These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity.”

CDC has introduced a new online tool, Diabetes Interactive Atlases, which provides data for diagnosed diabetes, obesity, and lack of leisure time physical activity at the national, state, and county levels. The tool includes interactive motion charts showing trends in the rise of diabetes and obesity throughout the United States and within individual states.

More information about diabetes and CDC’s prevention efforts can be found at www.cdc.gov/diabetes.

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