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January 2016 Issue

Half of Americans Have Diabetes or Prediabetes

The prevalence of diabetes is rising dramatically. Nearly half of the U.S. population has diabetes or prediabetes, with prevalence of diabetes estimated at 12-14 percent, and prediabetes at 37-38 percent in the overall 2011-2012 population. Based on data from more than 26,000 U.S. adults, researchers found that diabetes has increased significantly among all age, sex, and racial/ethnic groups, and education and income levels.

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