Half of Americans have diabetes or are well on their way to getting it

As the U.S. population has grown older and heavier, the number of people who are having trouble controlling their blood sugar has climbed.

Two decades ago, about 1 in 10 adults had diabetes. Now, the number if closer to 1 in 7 or 8, or 12% to 14%.

Another 38% of people have blood sugar high enough to put them on the cusp of that diagnosis,a risk category doctors call prediabetes.

African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans were about twice as likely to have diabetes as whites. They were also more likely to go undiagnosed.

While roughly one-third of whites had not been diagnosed with diabetes, half of Asian-Americans and Hispanics were unaware of their condition.   More

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