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South Dakota Diabetes Rate More Than Doubles Since 1995

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D (AP) – A new study has found that South Dakota’s diabetes rate has more than doubled since 1995.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that the rate in South Dakota jumped 121.4 percent by 2010. Some 6.6 percent of South Dakotans say they have diabetes, just slightly below the national average of 7 percent.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body has trouble processing sugar.

It’s the nation’s seventh leading cause of death, and complications include poor circulation, heart and kidney problems and nerve damage.

The disease exploded in the United States in the last 50 years, with the vast majority from obesity-related Type 2 diabetes. In 1958, fewer than 1 in 100 Americans had been diagnosed with diabetes. In 2010, it was about 1 in 14.

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