Risk Doubles for Developing Diabetes
According to a study, 2 in 5 adults today will develop diabetes during their lifetimes. Survey data for nearly 600,000 adults show that the lifetime risk of developing diabetes starting at age 20 rose from about 20 percent in men and 27 percent in women during 1985– 89 to 40 percent for both sexes in 2000–11. African American women had the highest risk, with a more than 50 percent chance of developing diabetes during their lifetime. Part of the rise is due to a positive trend: People with diabetes are living longer. But the increase also means there is a greater need for health services and a greater national cost of managing the disease.
Source: The Lancet, published online Aug. 13, 2014