National Diabetes Fact Sheet
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CDC's National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is the only national data source on diabetes in children and adolescents. Because diabetes is relatively rare in this age group and the NHIS sample size is small, prevalence estimates for diabetes in youth vary considerably from year to year. To reduce this variability, prevalence estimates in this report are based on 5-year aggregate of NHIS data instead of 3-year aggregate, resulting in a lower estimate of diabetes in youth than the estimate for 2003. CDC and the National Institutes of Health are funding a 5-year study, SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, which is examining the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in youth in six large geographical regions of the United States. When completed, the SEARCH study will provide more reliable estimates of diabetes in youth.
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