Rates of Diabetes May Be Leveling Off, Says CDC

September 25, 2014 6:49 AM

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by the Centers for Disease Control states that after constant increases over the last twenty years, the rates at which adults are being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes is finally leveling off. The findings are based on the results of data collected by the National Health Interview Survey from 1980 to 2012. The survey included health information collected from over 650,000 adults from the ages of 20 to 79. Other findings indicate that rates of Type II Diabetes continue to increase for Hispanics and African-Americans.

The rate of diabetes among adults rose significantly between 1990 and 2008 from 3.5 percent to 7.9 percent. Currently 8.3 percent of U.S. adults have Type II Diabetes though that rate has held steady, as has the rate for newly-diagnosed patients.

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