A new study from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) shows that almost half or about 46 percent of adults in the state of California are prone to diabetes.
Findings from the UCLA research, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, show that the number of Californians who exhibit early signs of the disease continue to increase year after year. The researchers also found that about 55 percent of adults in California show high levels of blood sugar, which indicates an early state of diabetes or an increased risk of developing the disease.
The study, which was published on Thursday, adds that the prevalence of diabetes in California is pegged at 9 percent. However, the same study finds that the rate of pre-diabetes in the same state has increased to 46 percent, significantly higher than the previous estimate – only 33 percent.
Diabetes, which spiked to as much as 175 percent nationally, is the seventh leading cause of death in California, the report adds. According to the report’s estimates, at least 7 out of 10 individuals with pre-diabetes condition progress to full-blown diabetes.
UCLA Professor Dr. Susan Babey, the study’s lead researcher, said that early detection is key to fighting diabetes. Effective treatment and promising prognosis depend on early diagnosis.
“One of the biggest problems with pre-diabetes is that most people don’t know they have it,” Babey was quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times.
Records from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that the number of diabetic patients aged 18-79 in the U.S. has ballooned from 493,000 in 1980 to over 1.7 million in 2009. However, the number of newly diagnosed patients in the U.S. has sharply dropped from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.4 million in 2014.