According to HealthDay News a new study concluded that 30 percent of American adults are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Researchers also determined nearly 30 percent of diabetics remain undiagnosed. Steven Reinberg reports:
The number of Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has now topped 19 million, and a new study says a third of adults with the disease don't even know they have it.
The researchers found that another 26 percent of adults had "impaired fasting glucose," a precursor to diabetes.
"So, if you add that together with the 9.3 percent of people with diabetes, that means that fully one-third of the adult population -- 73 million Americans -- have diabetes or they may be on their way to getting it," said lead researcher Catherine Cowie, director of the diabetes epidemiology program at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Her team's report appears in the June issue of Diabetes Care.