53 millions Americans might develop diabetes by 2025

Updated: May 16, 2012, 13:29 PM IST

Washington: Diabetes, mainly type 2 diabetes, will affect 53.1 million Americans by 2025, an increase of 64 percent from 2010, researchers have warned.

The Diabetes 2025 Model for the U.S. projects a continuous and dramatic increase in the diabetes epidemic and makes it possible to estimate the potential effects of society-wide changes in lifestyle and healthcare delivery systems.

The model was developed by William Rowley, MD and Clement Bezold, PhD, Institute for Alternative Futures (Alexandria, VA).

Predictions for individual states and population subgroups are highlighted in are highlighted in an article published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

Their model can also be used to estimate the benefit of changes in lifestyle and specific interventions in reducing the burden of diabetes, according to the article.