One Third of Diabetics Are Undiagnosed
- Diabetes Cases on Rise
May 26th 2006
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The National Institute of Health (NIH) reported that one third of those
with diabetes do not realize they have it. Although the percentage of
adults with undiagnosed diabetes has not changed over the years, about
2.8 percent of all US adults have diabetes and don’t know it.
Both the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
analyzed national survey data from two periods — 1988 to 1994 and 1999
to 2002. They say the number of adults over the age of 20 with diabetes
has risen from 5.1 percent to 6.5 percent.
The study published in the June 2006 issue of Diabetes Care, says that
type 2 diabetes accounts for up to 95 percent of all diabetes cases and
virtually all undiagnosed diabetes cases. People with the disease have
high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin
production, insulin action, or both.