New Diabetes Cases Up 90%

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Newly diagnosed cases of diabetes rose to 9.1 annually per 1,000 people between 2005 and 2007, up from 4.8 per 1,000 a decade earlier, according to new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures. The report, encompassing data from 33 states, found that the soaring incidence of diabetes was worst in the southern region.

The numbers are driven by obesity rates, says the American Diabetes Association, since risk of type 2 diabetes — the most common, as opposed to type 1 "juvenile" diabetes — is closely tied to being overweight.

Spokesman Matt Peterson warned, "Some day we'll see a leveling off of diabetes incidence if the obesity rate levels out. But clearly it hasn't started yet. We won't see the plateau in type 2 diabetes for quite a while."

TO LEARN MORE: American Diabetes Association, 1-800-DIABETES, .

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