Diabetes U.S. 2015: Almost Half American Adults Are Diabetic Or Prediabetic, Many Undiagnosed – Latinos Highest-Risk Population, Study Claims

Sep 11, 2015 11:58 AM EDT | By Victoria Guerra

For years, the obesity epidemic has been a major concern in many countries in the western hemisphere, particularly in the United States, as it can often lead to other severe health conditions such as heart disease - and remarkably high diabetes U.S. 2015 numbers.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that nearly half of the American population is currently at some point of this condition (either directly diabetic or prediabetic), diagnosed or not, but there's one glimmer of hope in this new diabetes U.S. 2015 numbers: they're actually a considerable halt in growth of the condition in the country, which has been ascending for years.

According to Yahoo! News, the study reveals that the more recent diabetes U.S. 2015 numbers reveal that almost 40 percent of all adults in America had prediabetes between 2011 and 2012, while 12 to 14 percent already had the condition - and an astounding 36.4 percent of the population living with diabetes was undiagnosed, particularly in Latinos and Asian-Americans.

Interestingly, the ratio of diabetes U.S. 2015 is highest among Latinos, with 22.6 percent of diabetic population belonging to this minority; they're followed by African Americans with 21.8 percent and Asian Americans at 20.6 percent, while white participants in the study stood at 11.3 percent.

However, Los Angeles Times reports that there's a silver lining to the new diabetes U.S. 2015 numbers, as the numbers show that after two decades of diabetes growing in a linear manner in the country, it appears like, for the first time, diabetes has plateaued.

It would seem like the most recent campaigns regarding healthy eating and physical activity have begun to pay off, though it's clear that "sustained efforts will be required," as University of Michigan researchers William Herman and Amy Rothberg wrote in an accompanying paper.

According to Science Daily, the paper with the new diabetes U.S. 2015 data is called "Prevalence of and Trends in Diabetes Among Adults in the United States, 1988-2012."

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