At a glance: Diabetes in the U.S.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows that the nation's diabetes problem is getting worse.
Oklahoman Modified: November 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012


Diabetes in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first new diabetes study in more than a decade. The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, according to the study.

Diabetes exploded in the United States in the last 50 years, with the vast majority from obesity-related Type 2 diabetes. In 1958, fewer than 1 in 100 Americans had been diagnosed with diabetes. In 2010, it was about 1 in 4. Most of the increase has happened since 1990.

Not surprisingly, Mississippi — the state with the largest proportion of residents who are obese — has the highest diabetes rate. Nearly 12 percent of Mississippians say they have diabetes, compared with the national average of 7 percent.

The most dramatic increases in diabetes occurred largely elsewhere in the South and in the Southwest, where rates tripled or more than doubled.

• Oklahoma: Rate rose to about 10 percent.

• Kentucky: Rate rose to more than 9 percent.

• Georgia: Rate rose to 10 percent.

• Alabama: Rate surpassed 11 percent.

Several Northern states saw rates more than double, too, including: Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Maine.

Associated Press