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CDC Report: Diabetes Rate More than Doubles in Maine
11/15/2012 12:37 PM ET  

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that rates of diabetes grew even faster in Oklahoma and a number of Southern states over the past 15 years.

NEW YORK (AP) _ The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and health officials say Maine is no exception, with the state's diabetes rate more than doubling over the past 15 years.

But the biggest changes have been in Oklahoma and a number of Southern states. The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled over 15 years, and also boomed in Southern states like Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama.

Most cases are the kind of diabetes linked to obesity. Health officials believe extra weight explains the increases in the South and Southwest. They also say the rates overall are up because people with diabetes are living longer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the state report today. It indicates that the diabetes rate more than doubled in Maine and several other Northern states, including Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio.

View the entire CDC report.



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