12 Percent of Americans May Have Diabetes by 2050

Diabetes rates are expected to more than double from 2005 to 2050, from 5.6 percent to 12 percent of the population, the most recent estimates suggest. That means that in about 44 years, over 48 million people in this country would be affected -- and rates could go even higher if obesity rates continue to rise.Sad [:(]

This epidemic is spanning all ages, even teenagers. And among older people aged 65 to 64, diabetes rates are expected to more than triple by 2050, and increase five-fold among those over 75.

The good news? Diabetes is completely preventable, and it is almost always curable if you're willing to put in some effort. It doesn't take expensive drugs or supplements, just lifestyle changes to make diabetes finally disappear.

Diabetes Care September 2006

Yahoo News September 8, 2006