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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...

New diabetes cases among poor much higher in Kentucky, other expanded-Medicaid states

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   New diabetes cases among poor Americans are much more numerous in Kentucky and other states that have embraced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a medical testing company has found. The diagnoses rose 23 percent in the Obamacare states and barely rose in the others, apparently because state Medicaid programs are encouraging screening for...