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(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that their latest figures estimate more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, up from 26 million in 2010.
The latest report from the CDC was based on health data from 2012, and noted that the new figure of diabetic Americans represents about 9.3 percent of the country's population. Among those newly diagnosed with the disease in 2012 were 1.7 million people 20 years old or older. Additionally, 86 million adults have pre-diabetes -- blood sugar levels higher than normal, but not high enough for classification as type 2 diabetes.
Perhaps even more disconcerting is that the CDC says one in four Americans who has diabetes doesn't even know it. "These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country," said Ann Albright, director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation. She called the disease "costly in both human and economic terms," saying that "it's urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease."
People with diabetes are at increased risk of other health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.
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