(KCBS) – A new projection released Friday by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that the number of Americans with diabetes had the potential to double or triple by 2050.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“We are projecting a range of one in three to one in five people having diabetes when we get out to 2050,” warned Ann Albright, PhD, RD and director of the Division of Diabetes Translation for the CDC. “And that’s very alarming.”

In 2010, one in ten adults was a diagnosed diabetic.

Albright described the diabetes trend as alarming.

“Unsustainable,” she declared. “I mean, really, one in three of us? I mean, all you have to do is go to a family event and if you’ve got fifteen people in that room, one in three of those will have diabetes in the future. That’s unbelievable.”

Diabetes ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Albright stressed the importance of a good diet and exercise to reduce risk of the disease.

“We’re also finding people earlier in the course of their diabetes and we have fewer people that are undiagnosed.”

“People with diabetes are living longer and you know, once you get diabetes you don’t get to give it back. Until we find cures you’ve got the disease and so once people have it and they live longer, it’s going to add to our total numbers.”

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Comments (3)
  1. Jen says:

    It would be nice to address the genetic links to diabetes. Both my parents have Type 2 and one of their parents had Type 2. Now, with gestational diabetes, even though my weight is great and my activity level is high, I know I am still at a great risk for developing it in the future, regardless of my proactive measures. That’s 3 generations of diabetes. How can that cycle be broken?

  2. Labrator Iglesias says:

    There is an “epigenetic” process that may be triggered through high carbohydrate diets. It may not help you to carry a healthful diet, but it may help your children or grandchildren.

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