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Diabetes Cases Expected to Double by 2034 December 3, 2009

For more information, contact Erica Cline at 706/828-2397.

Diabetes Cases Expected to Double by 2034

(AUGUSTA, GA. – Dec. 3, 2009) According to a recent report in the December issue of Diabetes Care, the number of Americans living with diabetes will nearly double and the costs associated with the disease will triple by 2034.

Researchers at the University of Chicago noted that the number of diabetes diagnosis will most likely jump from 23.7 million in 2009 to 44.1 million in 2034. During that same time period, spending on diabetes will jump from $113 billion to $336 billion.

Debra Whitley, program coordinator for University Hospital’s Diabetes Services, said that although researchers haven’t made any direct speculation as to the cause of this rapid rise, there are a couple of risk factors that could precipitate the increase.

“The two that really stand out are age and obesity,” she said. “Your risk for diabetes increases as you age and many Baby Boomers will be hitting that age (older than 45) right around that time period.”

Ms. Whitley also said the surge in obesity in America is a problem.

“More than 60 percent of the American population is overweight, and nearly 1 in 5 Americans are obese,” she said.

Other risk factors for diabetes include:

  • A family history of the disease
  • Past gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Cardiovascular disease

For more information about diabetes, call University’s ASK-A-NURSE AT 706/737-8423 or toll free at 800/476-7378.

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