According to a new study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, the level of senior people diagnosed with diabetes soared in the decade between 1993 and 2003. The new study confirms that older people are very much a part of the diabetes epidemic, with a 23 per cent increase in diagnoses.
Diabetes over a long period of time can lead to significant complications, although the study also confirmed that death rates for those diagnosed fell slightly by 8.3 per cent. The study based its findings upon Medicare claims and further data.
Other recent figures further indicate the scale of the diabetes problem. Diabetes UK, the leading UK diabetes charity, recently reported that 3.5 million people suffer from the disease in the UK alone. The American Diabetes Association indicate that diabetes care in the US cost approximately $174 billion in 2007.

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