According to data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, around incidence of diabetes increased from 4.8 per 1,000 people during 1995-1997 to 9.1 per 1,000 in 2005-2007. The study was completed by the researchers from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC Karen A. Kirtland, PhD, and other co-researchers.
Kirtland and colleagues used data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess the geographic distribution of diagnosed diabetes and to examine state-specific rates. Findings showed that state-specific, age-adjusted incidence of diabetes ranged from 5 per 1,000 people in Minnesota (95% CI, 3.6-6.3) to 12.8 per 1,000 people in Puerto Rico (95% CI, 10-15.5), according to the report. Furthermore, data from 2005-2007 showed that California (n=208,000), Texas (n=156,000) and Florida (n=139,000) had the greatest number of annual new cases.
In a press release, the lead researcher of the study, Kirtland, said,
“This dramatic increase in the number of people with diabetes highlights the increasing burden of diabetes across the country. This study demonstrates that we must continue to promote effective diabetes prevention efforts that include lifestyle interventions for people at risk for diabetes. Changes such as weight loss combined with moderate physical activity are important steps that individuals can take to reduce their risk for developing diabetes.”