Almost half of Americans will develop diabetes
The incidence of type 2 diabetes is rapidly rising in the U.S. and new research now suggests that 40 percent of Americans will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey, which disclosed diabetes incidence in the U.S. from 1985 to 2011. They also 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 increased from 20 percent in the period from 1985 to 1989 to 40 percent in the period from 2000 to 2011 for men. The lifetime risk for women increased from 27 percent to 39 percent. Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women saw the highest increase at 50 percent.
The years of life lost due to diabetes decreased, however, from 7.7 years to 5.8 in men diagnosed with diabetes at age 40 and from 8.7 to 6.8 for women.
Experts say as the number of diabetes cases continues to grow, and patients live longer, there will be a greater demand for health services and extensive costs. This makes lifestyle changes increasingly important to help rein in fast-rising healthcare costs.