DIABETES: Adult diagnoses jump 60% in 20 years - KMSP-TV

DIABETES: Adult diagnoses jump 60% in 20 years

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New numbers show that diabetes is on the rise in America, and a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says the rise parallels the growing rate of obesity.

Fox 9 news spoke with Dr. Jim Pacala, with the University of Minnesota, to discuss the study and what can be done to prevent diabetes.

Watch the video for more information.

An estimated 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and physicians believe at least a quarter don't even know they have it. An additional 79 million Americans -- or one in three adults -- has prediabetes.

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According to Pacala, even though a diabetes diagnosis never truly goes away, many adults who are able to lose weight and increase their exercise are able to manage the condition without medication.

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