Archive for Saturday, October 23, 2010

Number of diabetic Americans could triple

October 23, 2010


— As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050, federal officials announced Friday in a dramatic new projection that represents a threefold increase.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 10 have diabetes now, but the number could grow to 1 in 5 or even 1 in 3 by mid-century if current trends continue.

“This is alarming,” said Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

The agency’s projections have been a work in progress. The last revision put the number at 39 million in 2050. The new estimate takes it to the range of 76 million to 100 million.

An estimated 24 million Americans have diabetes currently.

The new CDC calculation accounts for people who have diabetes but are undiagnosed — a group that wasn’t figured into earlier estimates, explained Edward W. Gregg, chief of the CDC branch that handles diabetes epidemiology and statistics.

Also, the researchers used new population growth estimates for the elderly and minorities, who have higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, he said.

One more factor: Diabetics are living longer, thanks to improvements in medical care, he added.

“Not all of the increase in prevalence is a bad thing,” said Dr. Sue Kirkman, the American Diabetes Association’s senior vice president of medical affairs and community information.


Robert Rauktis 7 years, 8 months ago

Keep subsidizing the corn sugar and we might reach FIFTY PER CENT! Unless the cost of gasoline goes up, and then it might balance out.

Fat Americans are CONSUMERS!

Bucker00 7 years, 8 months ago

I know several type 2 diabetics, and not one of them are overweight. Adding to that, I don't know where he got that people are giving it to themselves. It notes in the article above that a diffferent method of calculating the number of diabetics being used largely accounts for this new number. One of my best friends lived for years with the notion that eating too many sweets when he was an over the road trucker gave it to him until his doctor dissuaded him from that thought.

Dreaded corn sugar! Wheat, rye, and barley glutons are my villain. I'm starting a celiac's crusade! Corn and rice are all they let me eat without moderating, which really bites on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

davidsmom 7 years, 8 months ago

There is a difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, so just saying someone is Diabetic doesn't tell you what he has. Tom, I'm guessing you and your family have Type 1. Type 2 is highly related to inactivity and obesity.

rtwngr 7 years, 8 months ago

You're right. You are guessing. I have "Type 2" adult onset diabetes and was diagnosed 3 years ago. I had exhibited symptoms for about 4 months prior. I am in my mid 50's and about 15 pounds above my ideal body weight. I run 3 to 4 miles, 5 days a week. I was a runner and physically active before the diagnosis. Tough to make generalizations though.

davidsmom 7 years, 8 months ago

I think that would surprise a lot of people, because they, like me, are not educated enough on the subject. Thanks for sharing personal information. And keep running!! (I'm a fellow runner.)

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 8 months ago

The bulk of todays kids live in suburbs of tightly packed houses where the very idea of running in the streets, playing kickball, riding bikes and jumping rope is terrifying to their parents. There are crazies out there and parents are, rightly so, scared silly of having their kids hurt. So they force them to stay inside where there is little to do BUT watch TV, sit in front of the computer or play video games. It's a no win situation.

Katara 7 years, 7 months ago

I had 2 pregnancies that I had gestational diabetes with and was diagnosed with Type 2 a couple of years later. Gestational diabetes is a different creature than the other two forms but with each pregnancy one has with it the chances of begin diagnosed with either Type 1 (failure to produce enough insulin for the body) or Type 2 (adequate insulin production but the body acts as if it is resistant) increases. With 1 pregnancy, IIRC, it is a 60% chance. With multiple pregnancies, it goes to 80%.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 8 months ago

Diabetics are the new "health care consumers" and a ton of ads from Liberty Medical and such target them. They are also becoming the target of discrimination and general derision, ala SFBayhawl's comment. "If you have diabetes you're fat and if you're fat you have diabetes." is the new outcry. Here's the ironic part; I didn't get "fat" until I was diagnosed and started taking oral hypoglycemic medication, insulin and anti insulin resistance drugs. Those drugs converted all of the excess blood sugar I had into, tada!, fat! As fat heightens insulin resistance it started a vicious circle where the new fat created by the drugs created the need for more drugs which in turn created more fat. Wash, rinse and repeat. Along the way my pancreas started to fail and I now have what's called Type 1.5 or mixed diabetes; insulin resistance with pancreatic failure. The very very sad part is that I started at a normal weight when I began treatment 10 years ago. In those ensuing years I have gained over a hundred pounds (!) and this is FROM treatment. It seriously makes me wonder if the medical treatment I'm receiving isn't making the problem much worse but now I'm locked into that treatment because I can't stop it without risking blindness, kidney failure etc.

Katara 7 years, 7 months ago

I have a co-worker that had the same experience as you. She didn't gain weight until after beginning the medication.

Joe Blackford II 7 years, 8 months ago

46 of 57 years with Type 1. Treatment has come a long way.

single daily injection of pork-based insulin & my mother boiling syringes & needles on the stove; testing your urine for sugar (test tube) & ketones (test strips); hospitalization nearly every year; disposable syringes; $500 glucometer & $1 test strip; shotgun laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy to one eye = reduction in peripheral vision & night blindness (courtesy of Dr. Leslie Naismith, RIP, grandson of KU BB great); human-based insulin; blindness in L eye (vitrectomy & retinal reattachment too late); MDI (multiple daily injections); insulin pen; 60% renal function; quadruple bypass @ 45; insulin-resistance; pump head (cognitive impairment, result of bypass) @ 47; disability retirement @ 48; insulin pump (glucometer radios readings, pump estimates delivery, a continuous drip of insulin, 24/7/365); enucleation of L eye @ 50; no hospitalization since 1998.

I told my MD in 1998, I hadn't expected to live this long. 5'9", 168 lbs., daily activity + 3-6 mi. hikes when the dog & I feel like it.

My Type 1 has no direct link to relatives (none diabetic).

Positive lifestyle decisions are imperative. School PE should stress activities other than team sports & repetitive drills. Fruit drinks (w/out corn syrup) ~ 4 oz. max. I don't need to go on. You can get advice & help, IF you seek it. Medicare should provide insulin pumps to the majority of Type 1 diabetics, the $ saved in diabetic impairments & resulting longer, productive lives will more than offset the costs to society.

Live Long & Prosper.

Confrontation 7 years, 7 months ago

Part of the problem, too, is that many people feel that being thin means that he/she is healthy. People pump McDonald's junk into their kids, and ignore the fact that it's harming them....just because they're not overweight. Look at all the processed junk that people are eating. Don't blame it all on genetics.

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