New Study Predicts One in Three in U.S. Will Have Diabetes

A new federal report projects 1 in 3 American adults could have diabetes by 2050. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of Americans with diabetes may double or triple over the next 40 years.

People with diabetes face medical costs more than twice that of those without the illness. The total costs of diabetes are about $174 billion annually. Currently, roughly 24 million Americans, or 1 in 10 adults have the disease.

The Boston Herald reports:

“The CDC report ... gives a range for the predicted increase -- from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 [people] by 2050 -- to reflect differing assumptions about how many people will develop diabetes, and how long they will live after developing the disease.”

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