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Diabetes cases soar in U.S.

October 31, 2008|Associated Press

ATLANTA — The nation's obesity epidemic is exacting a heavy toll: The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States in the last 10 years, the government said Thursday.

The highest rates were in the South, according to the first state-by-state review of new diagnoses. Worst was West Virginia, where about 13 in 1,000 adults were diagnosed with the disease in 2005-07. Best was Minnesota, where it was 5 in 1,000.

Nationally, the rate of new cases climbed from about 5 per 1,000 in the mid-1990s to 9 per 1,000 in the middle of this decade, according to the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Roughly 90% of cases are Type 2, the form linked to obesity.

Diabetes was the nation's seventh-leading cause of death in 2006, the CDC said.

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