Diabetes rates rise

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

YARMOUTH, Maine – Diabetes is on the rise, but so is control of the condition, according to a new study. Between 1988 and 2010, rates of diagnosed diabetes rose from 6% to 10%, and pre-diabetes rose from 6% to 12%, according to a report published April 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Overall, mean HbA1c levels rose from 5.25% to 5.36%, but those levels stayed the same in adults with normal body weight, blood pressure and lipid levels. Still, nearly 40% of patients aren’t hitting their glycemic targets, especially minority groups, according to the report.