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Diabetes Epidemic Unrelenting (7-11-2007) 


U.S. Diabetes Rate Soars
CDC: No End in Sight as Diabetes Epidemic Gains Speed
 
The U.S. diabetes epidemic is picking up speed like a "runaway train", the CDC says.  Type 2 diabetes makes up 90-95% of these cases.  Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is preventable.  That doesn't mean Americans are preventing it.  On the contrary, 7% of the U.S. population -- nearly 21 million of us -- already have diabetes.  The diabetes epidemic is growing by almost 5% a year, according to a study released at the American Diabetes Association's 67th Annual Scientific Sessions, held June 22-26 in Chicago.