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CDC releases diabetes information for county

The 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) shows that more than 100 million people in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Jessamine County Health Department.

For the first time, the report included county-level data. 

The report, which shows health data through 2015, provides diabetes statistics across ages, races, ethnicities, education levels, and regions. Data can be used to assist health agencies on focused diabetes prevention and control efforts. 

According to the report, in 2013, 3,379 people were diagnosed with diabetes in Jessamine County, which is equivalent to 9.3 percent of the total county population. In Kentucky, this number was 9.7 percent in 2013 but increased to 12.1 percent in 2015.

The report also stated that 30.3 million American adults—close to 1 in 10—have diabetes and of those, 1 in 4 have not been clinically diagnosed. In addition, 84.1 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes. Over half of the newly-diagnosed diabetes cases were adults 45-64 years old, and the southern and Appalachian regions had the highest proportion of diagnosed diabetes. 

The report found that diagnosis rates of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have increased among U.S. youth. Nearly 16 percent of adults diagnosed with diabetes were smokers, nearly 90 percent were overweight, and more than 40 percent were physically inactive.

The Jessamine County Health Department offers Diabetes Education Classes for those diagnosed or undiagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes.

For information on classes and services, contact 885-4149 or find the health department online at www.jessaminehealth.org.