With the latest data in the US showing that diabetes rates may have hit a plateau between 2008 and 2012, if the UK were to follow a similar trend, we could see diabetes rates levelling off as early as 2015.
The latest US diabetes figures come from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers from the CDC used data from the National Health Interview Survey which surveyed 664,969 adults between the ages of 20 to 79 years old.
The data showed that whilst rates of diabetes had more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, over the next 4 years, up to 2012, diabetes rates had increased only marginally. The prevalence of diabetes in the US as of 2012 is measured at 8.8%.
The slowing in diabetes rates appears to lag behind US obesity rates which levelled off in 2003. Around 1 in 3 US adults are obese and this has been the figure that has remained unchanged since 2003. If US diabetes rates have now reached a peak, this indicates that it has taken between 5 and 9 years from obesity rates levelling off for diabetes rates to do likewise.
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Source:: News from Diabetes.co.uk