Study projects growing diabetes incidence in seniors

07/27/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

Diabetes rates in adults ages 65 and up may surge in the next 20 years as the population of senior adults is expected to double to more than 71 million by 2030, a study found. Blacks, who have higher rates of diabetes than whites or Latinos, are expected to make up an estimated 12% of that over-65 group by 2050. The findings in Population Health Management underscore the importance of developing diabetes programs such as self-management education and training, which aim to provide better health care access among seniors, experts said.

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