South Carolina among states with highest rate of diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem in South Carolina, and it’s increasing at a rapid rate, according to a recent report.

The diabetes rate in South Carolina doubled between 1995 and 2010, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report was based on phone surveys in which at least 1,000 adults in each state were asked if they have ever been told by a doctor that they have diabetes. South Carolina was among seven states with a diabetes rate of 10 percent or more.

“Certainly, we are not where we need to be in Charleston and Georgetown counties,” said Dr. Carolyn Jenkins, principal investigator REACH US: SEA-CEED, a coalition of outreach programs that aims to prevent and control diabetes in the region. “There has been lots of progress, but there still needs to be more. We need a major focus on prevention.”

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