New Diabetes Rate Up 90 Percent in Last Decade
November 18, 2008
The rate of new cases of diabetes has increased by about 90 percent in the United States over the past decade. The incidence of the disease has been fueled by growing obesity rates and increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
Diabetes experts said the findings show there is no end in sight to the diabetes epidemic.
From 1995 to 1997, newly diagnosed cases of diabetes were at 4.8 per 1,000 annually. Between 2005 and 2007, that number rose to 9.1 per 1,000 people.
The most common form of diabetes, type 2 diabetes, is closely linked to obesity and has become increasingly common as more people become obese. An estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of the new cases are type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association said 24 million U.S. children and adults -- about 8 percent of the population -- have diabetes.