Health Report: 2 in 5 adults at risk for diabetes

Health Report: 2 in 5 adults at risk for diabetes

A new study finds two out of five American adults born between 2000 and 2011 are expected to develop type 2 Diabetes at some point in their life.

Rising life expectancies and higher rates of obesity are contributing factors to the higher risk of developing diabetes, according to the study published last week in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

The lifetime risk of an American born between 2000 and 2011 developing the disease is roughly 40 percent for men and women, up from around 20 percent in the late 1980s.

Hispanics and black women face an even greater threat, with roughly half of people in those groups predicted to develop the disease during their lifetime, according to the study.

More than 29 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have diabetes, the overwhelming majority of them suffering from the type 2 variety.

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