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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Diabetes Increases in U.S., Cameron County


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that diabetes now affects nearly 24 million in the United States, an increase of more than 3 million in about two years.

In Cameron County, 8.1 percent of the population, or 19,200 residents, are estimated to have diabetes. This is an increase of about 2,000 from the previously reported year.

The rate of diagnosed diabetes was highest among Native Americans and Alaska Natives (16.5 percent). This was followed by blacks (11.8 percent) and Hispanics (10.4 percent), which includes rates for Puerto Ricans (12.6 percent), Mexican Americans (11.9 percent), and Cubans (8.2 percent).

The CDC also reported that another 57 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes.
According to the CDC Web site, diabetes is a disease associated with high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production that causes sugar to build up in the body. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.

For more information, visit the CDC Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, maybe when the two new McDonald's open they can do so along a walking trail, so that patrons can walk their meal off.

This reminds me, whatever happened to that local feud Popeye's and Church's were having over who could load us up on fried chicken.

Patricia A.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008  

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