Yes, you read that figure correctly - roughly 1 out of every 12 adults in the US now has diabetes.
The CDC gives a few possible reasons for the increase -
- Improved survival of people with diabetes. Deaths among US adults with diabetes declined substantially over the same time period.
- An actual increase in the number of cases.
- Changes in diagnostic criteria, demographics, and lifestyle.
- Enhanced detection.
The report also notes that the increase of diabetes coincides with the increase in obesity across the United States, although it does not draw any firm conclusions from the association.
And just to drive the point home, here is a chart of how the prevalence of diabetes has changes over the past 15 years. I think the trend is rather clear, don't you?