4 of 5 people in your age group have diabetes, according to a new study.
The study looked at the number of people over the age of 50 with diabetes from 2000 to 2016, and found that people in their 50s and 60s were more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than people in other age groups.
The study, published in Diabetes Care, analyzed data from more than 30 million people.
“This is the first time we’ve identified this high prevalence of diabetes among people in this age group,” study co-author Dr. John Biermann, a professor of preventive medicine at UMC and the UPMC’s Mayo Clinic, told ABC News.
“It’s a real concern.”
Biermann is the lead author of the new study, which found that nearly two-thirds of those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes had at least one of four risk factors for the condition.
Those risk factors include:Having diabetes at least once in your lifetimeThe prevalence of hypertension, obesity and a family history of diabetesDietary habits that have a high glycemic load and a low glycemic indexDiet is the most important predictor of type 2, Bierman said.
The prevalence was higher among people living in states that had lower rates of diabetes.
Those states were also more likely than those in states with higher rates of the condition to have a family member with diabetes.
Researchers say that’s not surprising, as the majority of people with diabetes are overweight or obese, and those conditions are linked to higher blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
But the results suggest the link between obesity and diabetes is stronger in older adults, who are more likely for the same reasons to have the condition, according the researchers.
The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care released the following statement in response to the new findings:”Obesity and diabetes are linked, and it’s likely that this will become clearer as more research is done.
The Department’s Obesity Strategy calls for an obesity reduction target of 50% by 2030.
We know that people who have diabetes are at increased risk for developing the disease.
We’re also committed to working with people with the disease to make sure that they get the health and support they need.
So we’re looking forward to further conversations about what we can do to keep them healthier.”
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