One-third of U.S. adult population may have diabetes by 2050

Nov 15, 2010

Diabetes cases could increase greatly in the next 40 years.

Diabetes is a condition that can prove fatal while also increasing life insurance costs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of adults in the U.S. who have diabetes could increase substantially in the next 40 years. By 2050, as many as one in three people may have the condition.

Currently, the adult rate of diabetes is one in every 10 adults. The CDC said it expects the increase for a number of reasons, including the population getting older and a larger number of minorities who are at greater risk for the disease.

"Successful programs to improve lifestyle choices on healthy eating and physical activity must be made more widely available, because the stakes are too high and the personal toll too devastating to fail," said Ann Albright, CDC director of the Division of Diabetes Translation.

Along with eating right and incorporating exercise, family history may play a role in developing diabetes. Those who have other family members affected by it should pay close attention to their own dietary intake and physician's advice.

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