Globally, the prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled from 108 million adults in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. According to the American Diabetes Association,
1.7 million U.S. adults and more than 5,000 children are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year, adding to the total of 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the U.S.
population with diabetes in 2015.60 An additional 84 million Americans age 18 and older have prediabetes, a condition with blood sugar higher than normal, and a
greatly increased risk of developing diabetes.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 79,500 Americans in 2015 and contributing to an additional 253,000 deaths.61 In
2012, one in five health care dollars was spent to support the care of patients with diabetes at a total estimated cost of $245 billion. Much of this expense is caused
by the severe long-term complications of the disease. At current rates of increase, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many
as one in three people in the United States could have diabetes by the year 2050.
Obesity is the strongest risk factor for developing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes; 85% of Americans with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Independent of body weight, sedentary behavior, or alcohol use, high sugar intake is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes in a dose-response manner.
A study in 175 countries found that every extra 150 calories per person per day increase in sugar intake (about one can of a sugar-sweetened soda a day) was associated with an increase in diabetes prevalence by 1.1%. U.S. observational studies found that those who increased their consumption of red meat by a half serving a day increased their risk of diabetes by 48%, and those who reduced their consumption by a half serving a day reduced their risk by 14%.
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