(HealthDay News) — The overall prevalence of diabetes among US veterans was 20.5% in 2013 to 2014, according to a study published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventing Chronic Disease.

Ying Liu, PhD, from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and colleagues used data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2014 to examine the prevalence of and trends in diabetes among US veterans.

The researchers found that the overall prevalence of diabetes was 20.5%, and the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes was 3.4% for 2013 to 2014. There was an increase in prevalence from 15.5% in 2005 to 2006 to 20.5% in 2013 to 2014 (P=0.04).

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“Effective prevention and intervention approaches are needed to lower diabetes prevalence among US veterans and ultimately improve their health status,” the authors write.

Reference

Liu Y, Sayam S, Shao X, et al. Prevelence of and trends in diabetes among veterans, United States, 2005-2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Dec 14. doi: 10.5888/pcd14.170230