12% of Mississippians Battling Diabetes
All states now top 6% diabetes rate, up from just 3 states in 1995
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2012 7:37 AM CST
Graphic shows projected obesity rates in states across the nation. Rising obesity links closely with soaring diabetes rates.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – We certainly aren't getting any healthier: Diabetes rates have soared across the United States since 1995, up 50% in 42 states and more than doubling in 18, reports the AFP. In 1995, only three states had a diabetes rate of 6%, but by 2010 all 50 states topped that rate, for a national average of 7%, according to a new report issued yesterday by the CDC. The two unluckiest states: Mississippi, which claims not just the most obese crown but the most diabetic one as well, with 12% of residents saying they have diabetes; and Oklahoma, whose 226% jump in cases from 1995 to 2010 was the country's biggest and pushed its diabetes rate to about 10%, reports the AP.

"Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast," said the lead author. To wit, the other states that saw the highest rise were Kentucky, up 158% to 9%; Georgia, up 145% to 10%; and Alabama, up 140% to 11%. "These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity," the study's author added. Type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked with obesity, accounts for between 90% and 95% of all cases.

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right2dave
Nov 17, 2012 4:45 PM CST
That's what happens when cousins marry.
gomer99
Nov 16, 2012 5:14 PM CST
Uh-huh............ Catfish, ribs, Bar-B-Q........... Good stuff, Maynard........ Every time I go to Greenville, I get all you can eat, of the above, at Fat Babies. Check it out. Don't want D2, don't get fat. Don't wanna get fat, don't eat that shit. BUT........having the gummint FORCE YOU to eat healthy is whole 'nuther thing. If gummint wants to do something, don't pay for D2 treatment. Those that get the message will get better. Those that don't will..............go away. QED
BrushMan
Nov 16, 2012 12:13 PM CST
"These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity," the study's author added." What does that mean? Subsidize vegetable farmers rather than corn agri-business? Demand healthful diets and PE exercise in the schools? Increase food stamp amounts so that recipients can afford nutrition rather than empty calories? Naaaaaaaaaaa