CDC: Diabetes Cases Rise, Obesity Rates Unchanged
By Mike Boyle

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 16 released an early preview of their 2009 National Health Interview Survey which showed that the number of American adults 18 and older with diabetes had risen to 9 percent in 2009, up from up from 8.2 percent in 2008 and 5 percent in 1997.

The prevalence of diabetes increased with age, the survey revealed. Adults aged 65 years and older (19.5%) were more than 6 times as likely as adults aged 18 to 44 years (2.9%) to have diabetes. For adults aged 65 years and older, the prevalence was higher for men than for women. The age- and sex-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed diabetes was 12.1% for Hispanic persons, 7.4% for non-Hispanic white persons, and 13.0% for non-Hispanic black persons.

When it came to obesity, the CDC`s survey showed that cases have stayed unchanged since 2008 - remaining at about 28 percent of adults. They also found that the prevalence of obesity among adults ages 20 and older has increased from 19.4 percent in 1997 to 28 percent in 2009.

Despite the high obesity rate, 34.7 percent of adults said they engaged in regular leisure physical activity in 2009, up from 31.9 percent in 2008.

The survey also showed that most Americans still believe they are healthy, though the numbers have dropped slightly. More than 66 percent said they had excellent or very good health, which is down from 68.5 percent in 2008. A mere 2.4 percent said they had poor health.

Read the complete results of the CDC`s survey, which also covers the latest statistics on smoking, alcohol consumption, and lack of health insurance coverage, here.

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 Originally posted June 18, 2010.