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  • Teresa binstock
    My comment as posted online [then not findable online], followed by news article Mike Stobbe has done his usual establishmentarian service by calling attention
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2008
      My comment as posted online [then not findable online], followed by news

      Mike Stobbe has done his usual establishmentarian service by calling
      attention to obesity while failing to mention increasing evidence that
      organochlorine molecules (many profitably patented) are associated with
      metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Studies reporting
      these findings have been published in various peer-reviewed journals and
      are occasionally reported in news media. For example:

      The Post has investigative reporters who can summarize the findings
      linking diabetes and its precursors with pollutants.

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      Obesity blamed for doubling rate of diabetes cases

      By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer
      10/31/2008 02:32:44 PM MDT

      ATLANTA---The nation's obesity epidemic is exacting a heavy toll: The
      rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States in the
      past 10 years, the government said Thursday. The highest rates were in
      the South, according to the first state-by-state review of new
      diagnoses. The worst was in West Virginia, where about 13 in 1,000
      adults were diagnosed with the disease in 2005-07. The lowest was in
      Minnesota, where the rate was 5 in 1,000.

      Nationally, the rate of new cases climbed from about 5 per 1,000 in the
      mid-1990s to 9 per 1,000 in the middle of this decade.

      Roughly 90 percent of cases are Type 2 diabetes, the form linked to obesity.

      The findings dovetail with trends seen in obesity and lack of
      exercise---two health measures where Southern states also rank at the

      "It isn't surprising the problem is heaviest in the South---no pun
      intended," agreed Matt Petersen, who oversees data and statistics for
      the American Diabetes Association.

      The study, led by Karen Kirtland of the Centers for Disease Control and
      Prevention, provides an up-to-date picture of where the disease is
      exploding. The information should be a big help as the government and
      health insurance companies decide where to focus prevention campaigns,
      Petersen said.

      Diabetes was the nation's seventh-leading cause of death in 2006,
      according to the CDC. More than 23 million Americans have diabetes, and
      the number is rapidly growing. About 1.6 million new cases were
      diagnosed among adults last year.

      In Type 2 diabetes, cells do not properly use insulin, a hormone needed
      to convert sugar into energy, and the pancreas gradually loses its
      ability to produce it. The illness can cause sugar to build up in the
      body, leading to complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney
      failure and poor circulation that leads to foot amputations.

      The study involved a random-digit-dialed survey of more than 260,000
      adults. Participants were asked if they had ever been told by a doctor
      that they have diabetes, and when the diagnosis was made. The
      comparisons between 1995-97 and 2005-07 covered only the 33 states for
      which the CDC had complete data for both time periods.

      The researchers had data for 40 states for the years 2005-07.

      West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee had
      the highest rates, all at 11 cases per 1,000 or higher. Puerto Rico was
      about as high as West Virginia. Minnesota, Hawaii and Wyoming had the
      lowest rates.

      It is not entirely clear why some states were worse than others. Older
      people, blacks and Hispanics tend to have higher rates of Type 2
      diabetes, and the South has large concentrations of all three groups.
      However, West Virginia is overwhelmingly white.

      The report asked about diagnosed diabetes only. Because an estimated one
      in four diabetics have not been diagnosed, the findings probably
      underestimate the problem, said Angela Liese, a diabetes researcher at
      the University of South Carolina.

      The underestimates may be particularly bad in the rural South and other
      areas where patients have trouble getting health care, she noted.


      On the Net:

      State-by-state rates: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5743a2.htm


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