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Diabetes rate in Minnesota doubles in 20 years

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WXOW) - Minnesota health officials say the diabetes rate has doubled in the state in the past 20 years.

The state has tens of thousands of people who have the disease, but don't know it according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Estimates say about 290,000 Minnesotans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and that 80,000 others have it, but aren't aware of it because symptoms of type 2 diabetes aren't that obvious. The health department estimates more than a million Minnesotans have pre-diabetes but don't know it.

KSTP-TV reports health officials attribute the rising diabetes rate to obesity and an aging population.

Tuesday in the American Diabetes Association's Alert Day (http://bit.ly/ZomYNj ) which provides an opportunity to log onto the organization's website, or call, to see if you are at risk.

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