Recent figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal a sharp rise in the number of diabetes cases in the United States, especially in the South and Appalachian states.
According to the figures, the number of diabetes cases diagnosed more than double in 18 states between 1995 and 2010 while it rose by over 50 percent in 42 states. Oklahoma, Kentucky and Georgia had the largest increases with 226 percent, 158 percent and 145 percent respectively.
In total, around 18.8 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 with the CDC predicting that there are another 7 million cases that are undetected. "Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast", CDC's Linda Geiss said.