Adult Diabetes Risk

Friday, December 19, 2014

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased in the United States over the last 20 years and those numbers are expected to rise even higher, according to a recent study. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the studys findings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Two out of five U.S. adults born between 2000 and 2011 are expected to develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their life, according to a recent study.

Rising life expectancies and higher rates of obesity are contributing factors to the higher risk.

The lifetime risk of an American born between 2000 and 2011 developing the disease is roughly 40 percent for men and women, up from 20 percent for men and 27 percent for women between 1985 and 1989.

The study relied on nationally representative surveys and death certificates for some 600,000 adults between 1985 and 2011.

Hispanics and black women faced an even greater threat, with roughly half of people in those groups predicted to develop the disease during their lives.

More than 29 million people in the United States are estimated to have diabetes. In 2012, direct medical expenses and indirect costs were estimated at $245 billion. The disease is often preventable or controllable with healthier eating habits and regular exercise.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.