Type 2 diabetes numbers climb

Thursday, July 31, 2008

WASHINGTON--Nearly 8% of the U.S. population has diabetes, says a report for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released June 24. That’s an increase of more than 3 million-mostly Type 2-in two years. The numbers are based on 2007 data and show that another 57 million people have pre-diabetes. The highest rates are among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, with 16.5%, followed by blacks, 12%; Hispanics 10%; Asian Americans 7.5%; and whites, 6.6%. Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.