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Senior Citizens Lead the Way as Diabetes Spreads to 26 Million in New U.S. Estimate

Estimates in U.S. have risen since CDC estimated in 2008 that 23.6 million (7.8) had diabetes and 57 million adults had prediabetes

Jan. 27, 2011 - Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes but about 42 percent of them are senior citizens aged 65 or older, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among all seniors living in the U.S., 10.9 million, or 26.9 percent had diabetes in 2010.

In addition, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes raises a person's risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

 

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Older Women with Diabetes and Depression Have Twice the Risk of Death

Both problems linked to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle - Jan. 3, 2011


New Study Finds Diabetes Drugs Avandia, Actos with Equal Risks for Heart Problems

4% of patients taking either drug – rosiglitazone or pioglitazone - suffered a heart attack, heart failure, both or died - Aug. 24, 2010


Fat Distribution Plays Key Role in Weight Loss Success in Patients at Risk of Diabetes

‘Abdominal and liver fat are the two most important factors in predicting whether a lifestyle intervention will be successful’

Aug. 24, 2010


An Old Antibiotic Appears to Reduce Stroke Risk, Injury for Diabetics

Almost 70% of Americans dying with diabetes found to show a major vascular event such as a stroke or heart attack as a cause of death - Aug. 23, 2010


Getting Fat After Age 50 Greatly Increases Diabetes Risk that Already Escalates for Seniors

‘Participants with a greater than 4 inch increase in waist size from baseline to the third follow-up visit had a 70 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes - June 22, 2010


Study Pinpoints Atrial Fibrillation Risk at 40 Percent for Those with Diabetes, Maybe Higher

Nearly nine in 100 people over age 80 - have atrial fibrillation; risk rises by 3% for each additional year patients have diabetes – watch video

April 23, 2010


Considering Type 2 Diabetes Treatment, Experts Say 1 Size Does Not Fit All

International group recommends individualized therapies; Almost one of every four senior citizens has diabetes

April 5, 2010


Senior Women at High Risk of Bone Fractures After Taking Diabetes Drugs Avandia or Actos

TZDs have previously been linked to bone loss, increasing fracture risk; type 2 diabetes and insulin also increase risk for fractures

Feb. 10, 2010


Victoza (liraglutide) Gets FDA Approval as New Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Seniors aged 60 with type 2 diabetes are about one-third of all adults with this chronic disease - Jan. 27, 2010


Harvard Scientists Move Closer to Correcting Cellular Defects That Lead to Diabetes

Report says the G6PD protein, which produces essential antioxidant NAPDH, could prevent the death of pancreatic beta cells, the root cause of diabetes - Jan. 4, 2010


Seniors May Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by Half with More Exercise, Less Weight

Modest weight loss or taking anti-diabetic drug for 10 years lowers risk of type 2 diabetes in high risk people of all ages

Nov. 2, 2009


Diabetes Patients May Have Wrong Idea About Taking Insulin: Should be Front-Line Defense

Common fears of weight gain, developing low blood-sugar, decline in quality of life are largely unfounded, researchers find - Aug. 11, 2009


Just Four Healthy Lifestyle Habits Reduce Risk of Chronic Diseases by 80 Percent

The four factors were associated with a 93 percent reduced risk of diabetes - Aug. 10, 2009


Diabetes Risk for Senior Citizens Determined by Same Lifestyle Factors as Younger People

Study of seniors finds physical activity, good dietary habits, not smoking and light alcohol use lowers diabetes risk by 82%; four in five new cases attributable to not having these low-risk factors.

April 27, 2009


Screening Diabetics for Coronary Artery Disease Shows No Significant Lowering of Risk

Researchers say it is unnecessary and may lead initially to more invasive and costly heart procedures

April 15, 2009


Senior Citizens Can Expect New Diabetes Drugs to Not Increase Heart Attack Risk

FDA announces new recommendations on evaluating cardiovascular risk in drugs to treat type 2 diabetes

Dec. 17, 2008


Extra Medical Cost for People with Diabetes Hits $4,100 a Year, Reports New Study

Most of the increase attributed to the cost of diabetes-related complications, such as heart and kidney disease - Nov. 25, 2008


Diabetes Treatment Becoming More Complex, Costly for Older Americans

Annual economic burden of diabetes is estimated at $132 billion and increasing - Oct. 27, 2008


 
 

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Diabetes affects 8.3 percent of Americans of all ages, and 11.3 percent of adults aged 20 and older, according to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet for 2011. About 27 percent of those with diabetes - 7 million Americans - do not know they have the disease. Prediabetes affects 35 percent of adults aged 20 and older.

"These distressing numbers show how important it is to prevent type 2 diabetes and to help those who have diabetes manage the disease to prevent serious complications such as kidney failure and blindness," said Ann Albright, Ph.D, R.D., director of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation. "We know that a structured lifestyle program that includes losing weight and increasing physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes."

CDC is working on the National Diabetes Prevention Program, as stated in the Affordable Care Act. This program, based on the NIH-led Diabetes Prevention Program research study, is aimed at helping people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

In 2008, CDC estimated that 23.6 million Americans, or 7.8 percent of the population, had diabetes and another 57 million adults had prediabetes. The 2011 estimates have increased for several reasons:

   ● More people are developing diabetes.

   ● Many people are living longer with diabetes, which raises the total number of those with the disease. Better management of the disease is improving cardiovascular disease risk factors and reducing complications such as kidney failure and amputations.

   ● Hemoglobin A1c is now used as a diagnostic test, and was therefore incorporated into calculations of national prevalence for the first time. The test, also called glycated hemoglobin, measures levels of blood glucose (sugar) over a period of two to three months. Because of this change, estimates of populations with diabetes and prediabetes in the 2011 fact sheet are not directly comparable to estimates in previous fact sheets.

In a study published last year, CDC projected that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. Type 2 diabetes, in which the body gradually loses its ability to use and produce insulin, accounts for 90 percent to 95 percent of diabetes cases. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history, having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), a sedentary lifestyle, and race/ethnicity. Groups at higher risk for the disease are African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and some Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Other data from the fact sheet:

   ● About 215,000 Americans younger than age 20 have diabetes. Most cases of diabetes among children and adolescents are type 1, which develops when the body can no longer make insulin, a hormone that controls the amount of blood glucose.

   ● An estimated 1.9 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.

   ● Racial and ethnic minorities continue to have higher rates of diabetes after adjusting for population age differences. For adults, diabetes rates were 16.1 percent for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 12.6 percent for blacks, 11.8 percent for Hispanics, 8.4 percent for Asian-Americans, and 7.1 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

   ● Half of Americans aged 65 and older have prediabetes, and nearly 27 percent have diabetes.

The fact sheet estimates are drawn from a variety of sources, including CDC surveys, the Indian Health Service National Patient Information Reporting System, the U.S. Renal Data System of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Census Bureau, and published studies. The fact sheet was prepared in collaboration with a number of agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, other federal agencies, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. People with diabetes are more likely to suffer from complications such as heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, kidney failure, blindness and amputations of feet and legs. Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses.

The fact sheet is available at www.cdc.gov/diabetes. Information on diabetes prevention and control from the National Diabetes Education Program—a joint effort of CDC and NIH—is available at www.yourdiabetesinfo.org.

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