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PR has highest rate of diabetes in US

Puerto Rico still has the highest incidence of diabetes in the U.S. even as the incidence of the disease has surged in many states over the past 15 years, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.

Puerto Rico’s diabetes rate rose from 11.7 percent in 1995 to 12.7 in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

That is nearly twice the national average of 7 percent and keeps the island higher than any U.S. state, where the top 2010 rates were registered in Mississippi (11.7 percent) and Alabama (11.3 percent).

The nation’s diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to the report.

The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled, and Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama also saw dramatic increases since 1995, the study showed.

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