Two in every five adults in America, or 40% of the country’s adult population, are highly likely to develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their lives.
That’s according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which state that ever-growing rates of obesity and diabetes have combined with an ever-increasing lifespan to raise lifetime risk of type 2 diabetes to an overwhelming 40% for both men and women in America, with the odds even worse for certain minority groups.
Researchers at the CDC’s Epidemiology and Statistics Branch, Division of Diabetes Translation, said a re-examination of lifetime diabetes risk and life-years lost due to diabetes was warranted after finding simultaneous but contrasting changes in diabetes incidence and mortality rates.
Dr. Edward Gregg and colleagues examined diabetes incidence data from 1985 to 2011, and assessed the death certificates of 598,216 adults. They found that for an average 20-year-old American, the lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes jumped from nearly 21% in the late 1980s to 40% in 2000-11 for men, and from 27% to 39% for women.
The greatest increase was seen in Hispanic men and women, and non-Hispanic black women, with both groups estimated to now …read more
Source:: News from Diabetes.co.uk