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Diabetes on the rise in Midwest


More than 25 million people have diabetes in the United States and according to one local doctor, about 7 million people have the disease and don't even know it.

Hannibal Nurse Practitioner, Kim Peters, says diabetes is on the rise because of what we eat and drink. She says too many carbs and sugar can lead down a dangerous path and she says those in the Midwest might be even more at risk.

"Can I give you a statistic on that? No, but when you're looking at the East and the West coast, the more healthy diets and healthy life styles seem to be on our coasts than in the Midwest," says Peters.

Dr. Peters says patients with diabetes costs over $170 billion a year.

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