Tuesday, November 4, 2008

CDC: Diabetes diagnoses up 90 percent over 10 years

November is American Diabetes Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported a 90 percent increase in the rate of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults in the past 10 years.

Based on data from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the rate increased from 4.8 cases per 1,000 people during 1995-1997 to 9.1 cases per 1,000 in 2005-2007. State-specific estimates ranged from 5 per 1,000 in Minnesota to 12.7 per 1,000 in West Virginia. States with the highest incidence were predominantly in the South.

“We must step up efforts to prevent and control diabetes, particularly in the Southern U.S. region where we see higher rates of diabetes, obesity and physical inactivity,” said lead author Karen Kirtland, a data analyst in CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

For news about diabetes control in Fauquier, see an earlier blog post at http://www.viewfromhospitalhill.org/2008/10/focus-on-diabetes.html.

While we're on the subject, Fauquier Health's own Aren Dodge, diabetes educator, was recently honored at the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk for Diabetes on October 18 as a member of the community who is “changing the future of diabetes.”

An announcer read the following as Aren appeared, wearing a bright teal Fauquier Health shirt: “This is Aren Dodge. Aren was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over 15 years ago when she was 13. Not long after her diagnosis, she discovered the rewards of helping others through their struggles with the same day-to-day challenges with diabetes.

“Aren is a certified diabetes educator and director of the nutrition and diabetes program at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. She is the educator for the Fauquier County school system, supporting a staff of students with diabetes, and also organizes diabetes education for the Fauquier Free Clinic.

She also leads classes on living healthy with diabetes, and coordinates diabetes support group and other community events -- like the Fauquier Health StepOut Team (which participated in the walk)! Aren is stepping out to change the future of diabetes.”

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