According to the CDC numbers, West Virginia has the distinction of being the diabetes capital of the USA. The other nine states where diabetes is on the rise are Alabama, Arizona (the only non southern state), Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Even in the state with the lowest rate, Minnesota, diabetes is up a whopping 67% over 1997 levels, with 5 new cases per every 1000 residents. California has the biggest number of new cases.
“The growth in diabetes prevalence has been concomitant with growth in obesity prevalence,” says CDC data analyst Karen Kirtland PhD who issued the report with colleagues in the Oct. 31 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The good news is that you can cut your risk of developing diabetes, by as much as 58% by doing two very simple things.
1) Lose 5 to 10% of your current body weight.
2) Get 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days a week.
In case you’re wondering how your state did, here’s the list, in order of annual, age-adjusted new cases per year of diabetes per 1,000 residents. Percentage increases shown are from the rates of 1995-1997.
West Virginia: 12.7 new cases, up 119%
So. Carolina: 11.5 new cases, up 113%
Alabama: 11.3 new cases, up 109%
Georgia: 11.2 new cases, up 81%
Texas: 11.1 new cases, up 156%
Tennessee: 11.0 new cases, up 112%
Kentucky: 10.5 new cases, up 163%
Arizona: 10.4 new cases, up 100%