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Health line

Published March 27, 2007



Today is National Diabetes Awareness Day, so here are the facts.

- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74.

- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in America.

- The estimated annual cost of diabetes is $132-billion. This includes medical care and services, disability, work loss and premature mortality.

- At least 54-million U.S. adults age 20 and older have prediabetes, which raises the risk of their developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

- Research shows that people who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight by making healthy food choices and being physically active 30 minutes a day, five days a week, reduced by 58 percent the onset of type 2 diabetes, which occurs with aging.

For more information, call toll-free 1-800-438-5383 or go to

By the numbers

15Number, in millions, of Americans diagnosed with diabetes in 2005.

6 Number, in millions, of Americans believed to have the disease in 2005 but not diagnosed.

32.4Percent of Floridians age 55 and older have been diagnosed with diabetes.

14.3 Percent of African-Americans living in Florida have been diagnosed with it.

8.6 Percent of Hispanics living in Florida have been diagnosed with it.

8.2 Percent of non-Hispanic Caucasians living in Florida have been diagnosed with it.

67 Percent of diabetics who die of heart disease or stroke.


On the calendar

Walgreens is driving its customized health-screening vehicle to five bay area stores within the next week. The free screenings will check bone density, total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. No appointment is necessary. Call toll-free 1-866-484-8687 for times and locations.

During April, Largo Medical Center will offer free seminars on the technique of partial knee resurfacing at five locations in Pinellas County. To get the locations, learn more information or register, call (727) 588-5702 or go to and click on events.

Choosing the knife and the needle

Nearly 11-million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2006, up 7 percent from 2005, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, more than 5.2-million reconstructive procedures were performed. Breast augmentation (about 329,000 procedures) was the most popular procedure, followed by nose-reshaping (307,000) and liposuction (303,000). There also were about 3.8-million Botox injections last year, and another 778,000 injections of hyaluronic acid, manufactured versions of a naturally occurring substance used to plump skin.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

[Last modified March 27, 2007, 06:38:48]

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