Sep 26, 2014, 1:08 p.m.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population have diabetes. 21.0 million people are currently diagnosed with diabetes and an additional 8.1 million people have diabetes but are not yet diagnosed. In Ohio, according to 2011 data from the Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), more than 10 percent of adults (885,815) have been diagnosed with diabetes. Additionally an esti-mated 200,000 Ohio adults have either been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or prediabetes, increasing their risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes later in life. The American Diabetes Association states the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity. The Cincinnati Health Department’s award winning Creating Healthy Communities Program is working hard to
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