Sharp increase in diabetes - 29 million Americans have disorder
NEW YORK (AP):
The number of Americans with diabetes has increased again, now more than 29 million people have the illness.
That's an increase of about three million from three years ago.
In new report released yesterday, federal scientists calculated that more than nine percent of Americans have diabetes, or one in 11 people. The report estimates that about a quarter of them haven't been diagnosed yet and don't know they have diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used a 2012 national survey and other data to come up with the new numbers.
Diabetes is a disease in which sugar builds up in the blood. The most common form is tied to obesity, and the number of diabetics has ballooned with the rise in obesity.