July 5, 2008

MIchigan Diabetes Rate Growing

This from the "More Good News For MIchigan" department. It's not enough that unemployment is up, gas prices are up, now diabetes ......

Detroit Free Press
Most Michigan counties exceed the national average in diabetes cases at a time of mounting concern about the growing rates and costs of the disease, according to a new report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that in 2007, the number of Americans age 20 and older with diabetes -- both diagnosed and undiagnosed -- grew to about 24 million, or almost 8% of the population.

In a 2005 county breakdown, 68 of 83 counties in Michigan had adult prevalence rates higher than the 2007 national average.

Alcona County has the highest diagnosed-diabetes rate with 11.7% of the population diabetic. Washtenaw County has the lowest rate at 6.6%. According to the report, 7.3% of adults in Oakland County were diagnosed diabetic and 8.2% in Macomb County. With the exception of Wayne County, at 10.4%, the highest incidence rates tended to be in the northern part of the state.


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