Study: Diabetes on the rise nationally

Saturday, February 28, 2009

BETHESDA, Md.--Nearly 13% of U.S. adults have diabetes and 30% have pre-diabetes, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. The study compared the results of two national surveys that included a fasting blood glucose test and a two-hour glucose reading from an oral glucose tolerance test. Pre-diabetes is more common among men (35%) than women (23%). The growing obesity epidemic remains a big factor in the rise of Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for up to 95% of all diabetes cases and virtually all cases of undiagnosed diabetes.