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Wednesday 12 April 2017

40% of American adults will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

In the US, 2 in every 5 adults are expected to develop type 2 diabetes throughout their lifetime. This is according to a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Diabetes prevalence has increased in recent years. In 2010, 25.8 million Americans had the condition, and this rose to 29.1 million by 2012.

However, the research team - led by Dr. Edward Gregg, chief of the Epidemiology and Statistics Branch, Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - notes that the mortality rate in US populations with and without diabetes has declined.

"The simultaneous changes in incidence and mortality warrant re-examination of lifetime risk of diabetes and life-years lost due to diabetes" say the researchers.

The team found that for an average 20-year-old American, the lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes increased from 20% in 1985-89 to 40% in 2000-11 for men, while lifetime risk for women increased from 27% to 39%.

Hispanic men and women, and non-Hispanic black women saw the highest increase; they now have a 50% chance of developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

The researchers found that the years of life lost to diabetes reduced during the 26-year study period. The number of life-years lost for men diagnosed with diabetes at age 40 declined from 7.7 years in 1990-99 to 5.8 years in 2000-11, while the number of life-years lost for women reduced from 8.7 years to 6.8 years.

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only slightly confused said...

That is a lot of people developing something that can, in most cases, be prevented. How sad.

Mary Kirkland said...

I believe it. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 years ago.

Blue Grumpster said...

Which is why I've been on a diet (=no more candy) for a month now. I've lost 12 pounds and am feeling so much better already.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Adam said...

I hope I never get it

Debbie said...

interesting, i did not know the numbers where that high!!! i never feel "impacted" by what i eat. either the quantity or type of food. i eat pretty healthy but when i cut out sugar for instance, the only thing i feel is miserable. i never loose weight and i never feel better - not that i feel miserable now - but it just does not seem to impact me!!!

Linda said...

Debbie sounds like me. I don't lose weight either. But I am keeping carbs very low because I am at risk for diabetes plus carbs feed a kind of indigestion that burns!

Magic Love Crow said...

So scary!!