Diabetes  /  Age - A Major Risk Factor

Despite recent advances, diabetes continues to be a major health threat for at least 29 million Americans who have it and the 86 million Americans with prediabetes. The biggest concerns for individuals with the disease are its many complications and co-morbidities; which can cause vision loss, heart disease, stroke, and other debilitating medical conditions. With the aging of the population and the rise in risk factors like obesity, these problems are going to skyrocket, making medical innovation more critical than ever.

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    • Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy by Age, in the US
       
    • 13.7% of Americans aged 45-64 had diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes compared to 26.9% age 65 or older between 2005-2008.  
    • In 2004, heart disease was noted on 68% of diabetes-related death certificates among people aged 65 years or older.  
    • Among U.S. residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9%, had diabetes in 2010.  
    • The number of people age sixty-five and older who are diagnosed with diabetes in the United States is expected to increase by eight million in just ten years, from thirteen…  
    • Diabetes is more prevalent in people age sixty-five or older, with rates of disease equal to 26.9 percent, compared to those age twenty or older, with disease rates of 11.3…  
    • Seventy-nine million adults (50 percent of people over sixty-five) with prediabetes are at high risk of developing the disease over the next ten years.  
    • Percent Distribution of Age at First Diagnosis with Diabetes, 2004  
    • Close to 1/3 of those age 65 and older have diabetes.  
    • Age distribution of deaths associated with diabetes  
    • Close to 50% of those with diabetes are age 60 and older.