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New Report Shows Record Number of Medicines Currently in Development to Treat Diabetes
Date:5/25/2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A record 235 new medicines to treat diabetes, one of the fastest-growing diseases in America, are being developed by America's pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, according to a national report unveiled today in Charleston.

In West Virginia, 11.4% of the adult population suffers from diabetes—a rate that has more than doubled since 1994. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of data from 2006-2008, West Virginia has the highest rate of diabetes in the U.S.

"We released this report in West Virginia because of its alarming rates of diabetes, which unfortunately reflect a trend prevalent throughout the nation," said Ken Johnson, senior vice president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. "Perhaps the most shocking and disturbing trend is the rise of diabetes among children, which the American Diabetes Association calls 'a new epidemic.'"

Type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to lifestyles, was once called "adult onset" diabetes because it was so rare among children. But as more and more children are increasingly overweight or obese and inactive, the disease is being seen in even very young children. If present trends continue, 1 in 3 American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetimes.

"That nation must step up efforts to stop this alarming trend, and at the same time continue its strong commitment to the cutting-edge research that allows diabetes patients to manage their disease and live productive lives," said Johnson.

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