LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The number of people with diabetes is on the rise, according to a new report.
The CDC reports 23 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and an estimated 7 million are undiagnosed. This translates to about 8 percent of the population and costs the state of Wisconsin more than $4 billion every year.
The CDC also reports that number is increasing with roughly 1.5 million new cases every year. Doctors at Mayo say there are huge benefits to getting diagnosed early.
"People can have kidney damage and they can have amputations and such like that. On a positive side if people do well at managing their diabetes, you can bring down your risk for complications greatly," said Mayo Clinic dietitian Tara Wilde.
While type 1 diabetes can not be prevented, type 2 can often be prevented with weight loss and exercise.
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