A report released by the Wyoming Department of Health shows that diabetes continues to rise among the adult population, as more than 7% of adults in Wyoming have been diagnosed with diabetes, which translates to about 30,000 residents.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital Diabetes Educator Patty Bell-Usher says that the numbers are going up in Sheridan County as well.
Bell-Usher points out that even if diabetes runs in your family, it is still something that can usually be prevented.
The Department of Health report showed that since 1997 the percentage of adults in the state with diabetes more than doubled. Sheridan County has the third highest rate in the state at 7.6%. Washakie County has the highest rates with 9.3% and Teton County the lowest at 2.4%.