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Report: Diabetes numbers continue to rise in US

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

 NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of Americans with diabetes has increased again -- now more than 29 million people have the illness.

That's an increase of about 3 million from three years ago.


In new report released Tuesday, federal scientists calculated that more than 9 percent of Americans have diabetes -- or 1 in 11 people. The report estimates that about a quarter of them haven't been diagnosed yet and don't know they have diabetes.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used a 2012 national survey and other data to come up with the new numbers.


Diabetes is a disease in which sugar builds up in the blood.

The most common form is tied to obesity, and the number of diabetics has ballooned with the rise in obesity.

Report: Diabetes numbers continue to rise in US


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