Tracking Diabetic Data

After a rapid increase in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the incidence of diabetes among adults in the U.S. has stabilized in the past couple of years, judging by a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of the first half of 2008, says the report, 8 percent of adults had ever been diagnosed with diabetes — not significantly different from the 7.8 percent recorded in 2007 and 2006. Still, the incidence of diabetes is remarkably high among older Americans, with the report estimating that 15 percent of 55-64-year-olds and 19 percent of those 65-plus have been diagnosed with the disease. Men are a bit more likely than women to have been diagnosed as diabetic.