One in 10 Floridians has diabetes, a "disturbing" trend revealed in the nation's fat report last week. Though Florida ranks as the 29th-most-obese state in the country, the Sunshine State is No. 10 for diabetes. It's a distinction that comes with a hefty price tag.
Although obesity is the primary reason Type 2 diabetes develops, Florida's rate of diabetes outpaces its fat score because of two other factors: Its population is older and more culturally diverse than in most states.
Those forces have combined to nearly double the state's rate of diabetes in 15 years, taking it from 5.7 percent to 9.9 percent.
"While the number is disturbing, it isn't...