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The Washington Post reports on a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying that about 24 million US citizens – or about eight percent of the population – has some form of diabetes, an increase of three million people over just the last two years.

In addition, the CDC says, according to the Post, that “another 57 million people have blood sugar abnormalities called pre-diabetes, which puts people at increased risk for the disease … Among adults, diabetes increased in both men and women and in all age groups, but still disproportionately affects the elderly. Almost 25 percent of the population 60 years and older had diabetes in 2007.”

There is some good news in the study, says Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation. The CDC notes that the percentage of people who are unaware that they have diabetes dropped from 30 percent to 25 percent.

KC's View:
All good reasons for food retailers and manufacturers to market to these folks in new and innovative ways. It certainly is an expanding market with specific food consumption needs.