The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that it expects up to a third of adults in the US to have diabetes by 2050 unless there is a radical change in attitude towards weight gain and undertaking healthy exercise . With the number of Americans with diabetes rising, the numbers are expected to accelerate if there is no shift in behaviour.
There are now around 24 million US adults with diabetes, most of with type 2 diabetes, which is associated with a poor diet and lack of exercise. The study examined details from the census, as well as data on current cases of diabetes, to project how diabetes will become much more common.
The disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and is the main cause of new cases of blindness among adults under the age of 75, among other associated conditions.
The report stated “We project that, over the next 40 years, the prevalence of total diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) in the United States will increase from its current level of about one in 10 adults to between one in five and one in three adults in 2050.”
Ann Albright, a diabetes expert at the CDC, commented “These are alarming numbers that show how critical it is to change the course of type 2 diabetes. Successful programs to improve lifestyle choices on healthy eating and physical activity must be made more widely available because the stakes are too high and the personal toll too devastating to fail.”

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