Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

by Mike Stobbe

The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and health officials say the biggest changes have been in Oklahoma and a number of Southern states.

The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled over 15 years, and also boomed in Southern states like Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama.

Most cases are the kind of diabetes linked to . believe extra weight explains the increases in the South and Southwest. They also say the rates overall are up because people with diabetes are living longer.

The issued the state report Thursday.

The diabetes rate more than doubled in several Northern states, too, including Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Maine.

More information: CDC report: www.cdc.gov/mmwr

4 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Diabetes most prevalent in Southern US

Sep 25, 2009

Diabetes prevalence is highest in the Southern and Appalachian states and lowest in the Midwest and the Northeast of America. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Population Health Metrics have used t ...

Diabetes belt identified in southern United States

Mar 08, 2011

In the 1960s, a group of U.S. states with high age-adjusted stroke mortality defined a "stroke belt." Until recently, geographic patterns of diabetes had not been specifically characterized in the same manner. In an article ...

Recommended for you

Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes

Jan 29, 2015

Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates. Clinical experts writing in Mayo Clinic Proceedings challe ...

Support found for peer-mentoring diabetes management program

Jan 29, 2015

Managing type 1 diabetes is a never-ending task that requires multiple blood glucose tests, carbohydrate calculations and insulin injections or infusions. This constant effort to control the disease is daunting at any age ...

How does DPP-4 inhibition affect liver function?

Jan 27, 2015

(HealthDay)—Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibition may attenuate hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance induced by the Western diet (WD) through hepatic lipid remodeling and modulation of hepatic mitochondrial ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.