Florida Named One of the Top Ten Diabetes Hot Spots in the U.S.
Almost 12 percent of Florida's population, or 2,271,300 people, suffered from diabetes in 2010. An 85 percent jump to about 4.2 million diabetic Floridians is expected by 2025, according to the study, United States' Diabetes Crisis: Today and Future Trends. The cost of treating the disease is expected to spike 95 percent in that same time, from $21 billion to $40.4 billion. By 2025, Florida will bear the third greatest burden of diabetes in the country, trailing only Texas and California.
The study also noted that in 2010, more than 250,000 Floridians were left visually impaired, some even blind, because of diabetes; more than 5,000 underwent amputations; and about 3,750 diabetics developed kidney failure. Overall, the disease contributed to more than 20,000 deaths last year in Florida.
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