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Diabetes: what you need to know

Too few people receive screening for a disease on the rise

November 2, 2008
by Mary Gaines
The Tennessean

Diabetes is a leading health problem in Tennessee. Chances are you know someone who is living with this disease.

According to the Trust for America's Health, 10.6 percent of Tennessee adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. That translates into more than a half-million Tennesseans or nearly the population of Davidson County.

While this number seems high, there are still many people who are unaware they have diabetes and a great number of others, 57 million Americans, who have pre-diabetes, meaning they have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

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