Study: More Than Half Of American Adults Have Diabetes Or Prediabetes

| by Michael Allen

According to a new study, nearly half of the adults in America suffer from diabetes or prediabetes.

The study found that almost 40 percent have prediabetes, while 12 to 14 percent have diabetes, notes the New York Daily News.

Diabetes was most common in Hispanics with 23 percent, blacks at 22 percent, Asians at 21 percent and whites at 11 percent.

However, 51 percent of Asians with diabetes didn't know they had it, followed by 49 percent of Hispanics, 37 percent of blacks and 32 percent of whites, notes Live Science.

Asian Americans were likely undiagnosed because they develop diabetes with a lower body mass index, so doctors may not be checking them for the disease.

National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers studied medical information from 26,415 adults who were part of medical surveys between 1988 and 2012.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers, head researcher and director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, said in a statement on the National Institutes of Health website:

By learning more about who has diabetes – and who has the disease but does not know it – we can better target research and prevention efforts.

We have treatments to help people with diabetes, but treatments can only help those who have been diagnosed. I hope our research can serve as a reminder for people at risk for diabetes to get screened for this potentially devastating disease.

Sources: Live Science, New York Daily News, National Institutes of Health / Image Credit: Public Domain/Wikimedia