The incidence of diabetes, mostly diabetes Type 2, is expected to rise from 8 newly diagnosed cases per thousand in 2008 to approximately 15 by the year 2050, researchers from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Emory University report in an article published in Popular Health Metrics. Although a rise in diabetes type 2 incidence was expected, mainly because the number of obese and overweight people in America has been steadily rising, nobody expected estimates for the future to be so high, the authors wrote.

Approximately 1 in every 10 American adults currently has diabetes. There are several reasons why numbers are expected to rise, the report says:

* People are becoming fatter. Overweight/obesity are key risk factors for diabetes type 2.

* The percentage of the US population made up of minority groups known to have a higher risk of developing diabetes has been and will be growing.

* People with diabetes in America are living longer thanks to better therapies and medications.

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