Where in the US is diabetes most, least common?

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Diabetes is becoming more common in the U.S. — in 2008, the incidence of diabetes in American adults was 10.6 percent, but in 2016 it is 11.5 percent, according to Gallup-Healthways.

Additionally, more Americans have become obese over time. The incidence of obesity in the U.S. grew from 25.5 percent in 2008 to 28.3 percent in 2016.

"The relationship between diabetes and obesity is important for population health stakeholders and healthcare professionals supporting diabetes prevention and management within their communities," the report reads. "If left unchecked, the current trends of these conditions will have a significant impact on future healthcare costs, health outcomes and the overall well-being of individuals, communities and organizations."

Some states have a much higher diabetes incidence than others. The following are the 10 states where diabetes is most and least common, according to Gallup-Healthways' recently released "2015 State & Community Rankings for Incidence of Diabetes."

States with highest incidence

1. Alabama — 16.1 percent

2. West Virginia — 16.1 percent

3. Mississippi — 15.6 percent

4. Tennessee — 14.4 percent

5. South Carolina — 14.4 percent

6. Arkansas — 14.1 percent

7. Kentucky — 13.7 percent

8. Ohio — 13.5 percent

9. Missouri — 13.5 percent

10. North Carolina — 13.5 percent

States with lowest incidence

1. Utah — 7.4 percent

2. Rhode Island — 7.6 percent

3. Colorado — 7.9 percent

4. Minnesota — 8.4 percent

5. Montana — 8.4 percent

6. Alaska — 8.8 percent

7. Massachusetts — 8.9 percent

8. Vermont — 8.9 percent

9. Nebraska — 9.1 percent

10. Wyoming — 9.3 percent

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