November 16, 2018

Despite healthcare professionals’ efforts to curb diabetes and a growing public awareness about the condition, diagnosis rates have not decreased in recent years. In fact, over the last decade, the percentage of adults with diabetes has risen in 18 states, and since 2008, not a single state has recorded a decline in diabetes diagnoses, according to a Gallup poll released November 13, 2018.

The poll shows wide variability in diabetes rates among states but an overall trend of stable or increasing rates.

“This confirms that diabetes is a huge problem in this country,” says William T. Cefalu, MD, chief scientific, medical, and mission officer of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and president of the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation. “From some of the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we know there has been an increase in many states, and certain states are worse than others. The survey also confirms what we’ve known for years — that when we see obesity in a population, we’ll see an increase in diabetes.” According to 2015–2016 data from the CDC, nearly 40 percent, or about 93.3 million, of American adults were obese. About 90 percent of people living with type 2 diabetes are obese, per the Obesity Society.