ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
CANCER
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
CAREGIVING
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Database Helps Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
EYE CARE, VISION
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
FITNESS
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Smog Tougher on the Obese
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Heavy Alcohol Use Linked to Cancer
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007

TUESDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 24 million Americans had diabetes in 2007, an increase of more than 3 million over two years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

In addition, another 57 million Americans had pre-diabetes, which puts people at increased risk for diabetes.

There was some good news. Over two years, the proportion of people with diabetes who don't know they have the disease decreased from 30 percent to 25 percent.

"It is concerning to know that we have more people developing diabetes, and these data are a reminder of the importance of increasing awareness of this condition, especially among people who are at high risk," Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation, said in a prepared statement.

"On the other hand, it is good to see that more people are aware that they have diabetes. That is an indication that our efforts to increase awareness are working, and more importantly, that more people are better prepared to manage this disease and its complications," Albright said.

Among adults, diabetes increased in both men and women in all age groups, but the disease still disproportionately affects the elderly. Almost 25 percent of people aged 60 and older had diabetes in 2007, the CDC said.

Ethnic and minority disparities persist in rates of diagnosed diabetes: Native Americans and Alaska Natives, 16.5 percent; blacks, 11.8 percent; Hispanics, 10.4 percent; Asian Americans, 7.5 percent; and whites, 6.6 percent.

The data is in the 2007 Diabetes Fact Sheet developed by the CDC and other federal agencies.

The CDC also released estimates of diagnosed diabetes for all counties in the United States, which show higher rates of diabetes in areas of the Southeast and Appalachia where people traditionally been recognized as being at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.

"These data are an important step in identifying the places in a state that have the greatest number of people affected by diabetes. If states know which communities or areas have more people with diabetes, they can use that information to target their efforts or tailor them to meet the needs of specific communities," Albright said.

Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, can cause serious health complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower extremity amputations.

More information

The CDC has more about diabetes.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, June 24, 2008

Last Updated: June 24, 2008

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