CDC releases Diabetes “report card”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation has released The Diabetes Report Card.

The Diabetes Report Card provides the most current information and data available about diabetes and prediabetes, along with diabetes-related preventive care practices, health outcomes, risk factors, and national and state trends.As the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is one of the nation’s most serious and urgent health concerns. However, the Diabetes Report Card shows some encouraging trends in diabetes management and prevention of type 2 diabetes:

  • The rate of new cases of diabetes among US adults has decreased.
  • Overall rates of diagnosed diabetes seem to be stabilizing (although not in all populations).
  • The number of organizations that deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program and the number of adults participating in the program has increased.

The Diabetes Report Card also recognizes ongoing challenges:

  • Members of some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have diagnosed diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.
  • The rate of new cases of diabetes among children and adolescents has increased.
  • Although an estimated 84.1 million US adults have prediabetes, only 11.6% of them are aware of having it.

To learn more about what CDC is doing to help control complications from diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes, please visit the Diabetes website.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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