Diabetes alarm: El Paso, national rates up - El Paso Inc.

A bit of good news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently that diabetes amputations of legs and feet are declining. The bad news: The disease - both Type 1 and Type 2 - is on the rise in El Paso and nationally. In 2011, the CDC reported that 8.3 percent of Americans had diabetes, a .5 percent increase or 2.4 million people since 2008. The increasing rate is alarming and if current trends continue, the CDC projects one in three U.S. adults could have the disease by 2050.

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Tamis Bright, M.D., practices as an endocrinologist at the Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. She's also an assistant professor and associate director on the school's Internal Medicine faculty.

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