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New Report finds almost 8% of Americans have Diabetes and millions more are at risk

A new government study finds almost 8 percent of Americans now have Diabetes and millions more are at risk for the disease.

The government's numbers show that Diabetes, 95% of it, type 2< caused mostly by obesity, continues to be the fastest growing disease in America.

Twenty-Four million people in this country have Diabetes.  That's an increase of 3 million from just two years ago.  Another 57 million have pre-diabetic condition that will become Diabetes if not treated properly. 

That means that fully 23 percent of all Americans either has Diabetes or are at high risk of getting it.

Dr. David Nathan from Massachusetts General Hospital says "There are going to be far more people at risk for heart disease, for eye disease, for kidney disease and for nerve disease.  The updie, if any, is that we know better how to treat people so that we can prevent these complications."

Preventing complications requires weight management, exercise and often drugs to control blood sugar.

Dr. Ann Albright from the Centers for Disease Control says "We must face Diabetes and take it very seriously and do all we can to halt this growing prevalence of Diabetes."

More Information:
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