October 25, 2001
Increasing obesity and age will fuel an increase in the number of Americans with diabetes over the next 50 years, according to a study in the November issue of Diabetes Care.
The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects a large increase in diabetes:
- The number of diagnosed cases will increase 165 percent over the next 50 years -- from 11 million cases in 2000 to 29 million in 2050.
- The highest increase in prevalence will occur among those age 75 and older.
- Among ethnic groups, the biggest jump is expected among black men, with a 363 percent increase, followed by black women, with an increase of 217 percent.
Source: Michelle Healy, "Enormous Rise Predicted in Diabetes Cases," A Better Life, USA Today, October 25, 2001; J.P. Boyle et al., "Projection of Diabetes Burden Through 2050: Impact of changing demography and disease prevalence in the U.S.," Diabetes Care, November 2001.
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