diabetes: AP mentions obesity, omits pollutants
- 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,
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
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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