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Kentucky’s diabetes problem continues to worsen; rate now seventh highest nation at nearly 13 percent

The number of adults with diabetes and pre-diabetes in Kentucky continues to rise, according to the 2019 Kentucky Diabetes Report. The number of adults in the state with diabetes has nearly doubled since 2000 to 12.9 percennt, or more than 440,000 adults. In 2000, that rate was 6.5%. Kentucky ranks seventh highest in the nation for this measure. November is National Diabetes Month. Most adults in Kentucky...

National Diabetes Month: Experts raising awareness of gestational diabetes among pregnant Kentuckians

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service National Diabetes Month started this week, and at 14 percent, Kentucky has the third-highest rate of diabetes in the U.S. While diabetes can affect people of all age groups, experts are particularly concerned about gestational diabetes in women, or abnormal blood-sugar levels during pregnancy. An increasing body of research indicates the problem doesn’t stop...