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Approximately 25.8 million Americans—8.3 percent of the population—have diabetes, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of this number, 7 million cases are currently undiagnosed.
“Last year, the CDC warned that one in three American adults could be diabetic by 2050 if the current trends persist,” Agence France-Presse reported.
About 215,000 people younger than 20 years old have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, while 1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were diagnosed with the disease in 2010, the research revealed.
In addition, prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, was found in 35 percent of people age 20 or older between 2005 and 2008.
“Applying this percentage to the entire U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older with prediabetes,” the report stated.
A rise in diabetes cases will mean higher medical bills for those affected. The CDC estimates that $174 billion was spent on diabetes-related costs in 2007, with people who have the disease paying an average of 2.3 times more in healthcare costs.