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Elizabeth Meyer, a registered dietitian at Sanford Health in Fargo, tests her blood sugar level as part of a daily regimen to control her diabetes. Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

US diabetes rates rise sharply, but ND, Minnesota among states with lowest prevalence of disease

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Diabetes rates jumped across the United States between 1995 and 2010, according to recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

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But northern-tier states, including North Dakota and Minnesota, are still among those with the lowest prevalence of the disease - if only because residents are not caught in a "culture of obesity," a local expert said.

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