Half of Americans Over 65 Have Prediabetes

Two days ago the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest estimates for prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes.  The situation is worse than it was in 2008, the last figures available. 

  • Nearly 27% of American adults age 65 or older have diabetes (overwhelmingly type 2)
  • Half of Americans 65 and older have prediabetes
  • 11% of U.S. adults (nearly 26 million) have diabetes (overwhelmingly type 2)
  • 35% of adults (79 million) have prediabetes, and most of those affected don’t know it

The CDC estimates that one of every three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if present trends continue.

The press release from the CDC mentions that physical activity and avoidance of overweight will prevent some cases of diabetes.  I believe that  limiting consumption of refined carbohydrates like sugar and flour would also help.

Steve Parker, M.D.


Filed under DM Prevalence

5 responses to “Half of Americans Over 65 Have Prediabetes

  1. Emily Deans

    It is really quite horrifying.

  2. It’s a problem for sure, Emily. One in four people with prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes over the next three to five years. Since I know you are a paleo diet fan, I’ll predict that a paleo-style diet would help prevent that conversion process, mainly via the avoidance of grain products.

  3. Emily Deans

    Between my paleo diet adherence and my tendency to have low blood sugar (never once had it measured above 100, fasting or not), I’d be surprised if I developed diabetes. But there are many unknowns.

  4. I bet you’re right, Emily, especially if your family history is negative.

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