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Gallup: Diabetes Rate Levels Off in 2011


U.S. diabetes rates in 2011 are at its lowest level in more than two years, according to a new report from Gallup.

The Gallup Healthways indicator found in the third quarter of 2011, 11 percent of Americans revealed their diagnoses coupled with the second quarter discovery of 10.6 percent, this is the lowest level since 2009.

The diabetes rate was below 11 percent in 2008, but steadily increased through 2009 and 2010.

The survey consisted of respondents answering one question: ‘Have you been told by a physician or nurse that you have diabetes?’ The survey did not ask whether participants were diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

The obesity rate is one of the largest factors contributing to the increase of diabetes in the United States. Gallup found obese patients were three times as likely to report having been diagnosed with diabetes than those who are not obese.

Type 2 diabetes – the most common form of diabetes – is directly related to weight gain. Though there is no specific cure for diabetes, proper diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of developing the disease or control conditions associated with the disease.

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