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CDC: U.S. Diabetes Cases Jump to 29 Million

A woman tests her blood sugar level as part of her management of diabetes. (David Proeber, AP)
A woman tests her blood sugar level as part of her management of diabetes. (David Proeber, AP)

 

(HealthDay News) — The number of Americans with diabetes rose from 26 million in 2010 to 29 million — 9 percent of the population — in 2012, a new federal government study finds.

One in every four people with diabetes does not even realize it, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Another 86 million American adults — more than one-third of adults — have what doctors call “prediabetes. ” This means their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes, the CDC said.

Rates of prediabetes are similar for blacks (39 percent), Hispanics (38 percent) and whites (35 percent).

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