Diabetes doubles over two decades
April 14th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Diabetes doubles over two decades

The prevalence of diabetes in the United States has nearly doubled in the past two decades, according to a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The study authors found that this rise in diabetes from 5.5% to 9.3% of the U.S. population over the last 20 years paralleled the growing rate of obesity in America.

Better screening tools such as a hemoglobin A1c diagnostic test have also helped physicians identify more diabetes cases, the researchers say.

In 1988, about 16% of individuals who met the criteria for diabetes were not diagnosed by a physician. That number fell to 11% in 2010. Because the total number of diabetics in the United States has increased to nearly 21 million, the study authors say the number of estimated undiagnosed cases - around 2.3. million - has remained the same over the last two decades.

"My hope, and obviously everybody's hope, is that 11% will go down further as there's improved access to healthcare for all Americans," said Dr. Martin Abrahamson, who was not involved in the study.

Experts predict that the number of Americans with diabetes will reach 44 million by 2034 if things don't change.

soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. remote pc assistance

    I have not checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I'll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂


    February 21, 2021 at 05:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ClarkTauts

    ji60v w24z2 6r6w

    February 28, 2021 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tantric massages in london

    I am so grateful for your article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.


    March 22, 2021 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. aloprostadil

    injectable drugs for ed https://alprostadildrugs.com/ ed medications injectable

    April 12, 2021 at 13:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ok388 ios download

    I read this paragraph completely concerning the difference
    of most recent and previous technologies, it's
    remarkable article.

    Also visit my blog ... ok388 ios download

    April 17, 2021 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tadalafil 40

    tadalafil https://elitadalafill.com/ tadalafil online

    April 20, 2021 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. cialis at canadian pharmacy

    cialis at canadian pharmacy https://canadacialisstore.com/ cialis canadian pharmacy

    April 23, 2021 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.