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Two out of five US adults at risk of developing diabetes: Study

Published on Aug 14, 2014 6:21 AM
An overweight Huntington resident heads into a local supermarket for groceries. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Two out of five US adults born between 2000 and 2011 are expected to develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their life, which is double the rate for men and some 50 per cent higher for women born two decades earlier, according to a new study.

Rising life expectancies and higher rates of obesity are contributing factors to the higher risk of developing diabetes, according to the study published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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

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. "Soaring rates of diabetes since the late 1980s and longer overall life expectancy in the general population have been the main drivers of the striking increase in the lifetime risk of diabetes over the last 26 years," Dr. Edward Gregg, lead author and a chief of diabetes epidemiology and statistics at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement.

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