Diabetes risk is high-U.S. report

Diabetes risk is high-U.S. report – Health

For individuals born in the

United States in 2000, the life-time probability of being diagnosed with diabetes mellitus is substantial, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Oct. 8, 2003). Primary prevention of diabetes and its complications are important public health priorities, the researchers say.

The article (“Lifetime Risk for Diabetes Mellitus in the United States”) indicates that:

* The lifetime risk of developing diabetes for individuals born in 2000 is 32.8% for males and 38.5% for females.

* Females have higher residual lifetime risks at all ages.

* the highest lifetime risk for diabetes is among Hispanics.

Individuals diagnosed as having diabetes have large reductions in life expectancy.

The research was produced by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation.

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