Minnesota diabetes rates nearly double

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) estimates that about 80,000 adults in Minnesota may have diabetes without knowing it.

The percentage of adults in Minnesota who are living with diabetes nearly doubled between 1994 and 2010 and these numbers under-represent the true number of people living with the condition, according to MDH. About 290,000 adults in Minnesota, or 7.3 percent, say they have been told by their health care team they have diabetes.

National data show that only 75 percent of adults with diabetes know that they have the disease. Given Minnesota’s population, about 80,000 Minnesotans might have the disease without being aware of it, MDH estimates.

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