Diabetes On The Rise

The number of people with diabetes has increased significantly in the past two years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the disease now affects nearly 24 million people in the United States, that's nearly eight percent of the population.

In addition, the CDC estimates another 57 million people have pre-diabetes, meaning they are at risk for the disease.

In the same time period however, the number of people who don't know they have diabetes dropped from 30 to 25 percent.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and can lead to other health conditions including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure.

For more information on this report and diabetes go to. www.cdc.gov/diabetes. You can also access the national diabetes fact sheet and county level estimates of diagnosed diabetes.

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