U.S. Diabetes Count Exceeds 29 Million | 1 in 4 Doesn’t Know

More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and a quarter of them do not know they have it, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in three people have pre-diabetes, the report notes. “These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” stated Ann Albright, director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes. Meanwhile, people with diabetes are using more insulin and paying about twice as much of for the treatment than a decade ago, according to Yale University researchers. Out-of-pocket costs for each insulin prescription rose to $36 in 2010 as patients switched to new forms of insulin.