Diabetes rates leveling off?

Recent entries in my logbook.

One study has data that appear to show the incidence of diabetes is leveling off.

Reported in Medscape, the news comes from the Framingham Heart Study, which tracks the cardiac health of 5,209 adults who live in Framingham, Massachusetts. To compare diabetes rates in the town, the researchers limited the analysis to participants between the ages of 40 and 55, who showed no sign of the disease earlier.

According to Medscape:

“The overall annualized rates of diabetes per 1000 individuals were 3.0 in the 1970s, 4.1 in the 1980s, 6.0 in the 1990s, and 5.5 in the 2000s. Using the 1970s as the reference, the age-adjusted relative risks for diabetes were 1.37 in the 1980s, 1.99 in the 1990s, and 1.81 in the 2000s.”

Medscape reports that another study in the American Journal of Epidemiology is finding similar results, or at least, the study found that diabetes rates were not increasing. The studies do show, however, rates increasing among some subgroups, including Hispanics.

Interesting reading …


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