By: Pamela Egan, FNP-C CDE
Alarming increase in rate of diabetics predicted
The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes is projected to increase by 165 percent – 29 million people- in the next 50 years. Currently, 11 million citizens have diabetes. Adults 75 years and older will make up the majority of the new cases. Rates are projected to be higher among black men and women, at 363 percent and 217 percent, respectively.
The rates were predicted using trends in prevalence data from 1980 to 1998. Of the projected increase, 27 percent would be the result of population growth, 36 percent the increasing prevalence rates, and 37 percent demographic composition.
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This article was originally published February 25, 2002 in The St. Tammany News.