Diabetes is a Serious Disease – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Nearly 24 million Americans age 20 or older, which is nearly eight percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. The statistics on diabetes are a growing concern.
Rodgers: In 2007, a total of 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed.
Narrator: Dr. Griffin Rodgers is director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Rodgers: Just to sort of look at that statistic a slightly different way, there are more than 4,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed every 24 hours.
Narrator: Dr. Rodgers adds, that of these, nearly 6 million Americans do not know they have the diseases. For more on the seriousness of diabetes visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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