Diabetes growing at alarming rate in Wisconsin

The cases of diabetes rose 27 percent in the state between 2003 and 2006 in Wisconsin. The report , created by the Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention and Control Program of the state Department of Health and Family Services, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Lions Foundation is called Burden of Diabetes in Wisconsin.

Native Americans and Alaska natives are 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites, according to the American Diabetes Association. In one Arizona tribe, half the population is believed to be diabetic.The number of diabetes-related hospitalizations rose 11 percent during that time, and costs of those hospitalizations climbed 48 percent, the report said.

The state report shows diabetes accounts for between 12 percent and 16 percent of hospitalizations in Northeastern Wisconsin, but 22 percent of all hospitalizations in Menominee County, which is largely contiguous with the Menominee Indian Reservation.

About one in 10 people in Menominee County have diabetes. Among adults older than 50, the rate of diabetes is nearly 50 percent, according to the Menominee Tribal Clinic. The clinic is trying to lower the risk of diabetes by promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Source: greenbay pressgazette.com

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