Study shows 40 percent of young Americans will have diabetes

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(PIX11) — A staggering percentage of young Americans may develop diabetes in their lifetime.

A new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology estimates 40 percent of Americans born from 2000 to 2011 are at risk for developing diabetes. Today’s youth have double the risk of developing the disease than those born a decade earlier, Bloomberg reported.

Edward Gregg, the study’s lead author, told HealthDay News “We weren’t necessarily surprised that it increased, but we didn’t expect it to increase this much.”

The study also found that minorities face the biggest risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime.

The risk for Hispanic men and women, and non-Hispanic black women, now exceeds fifty percent.

Researchers in the study concluded “There will be a continued need for health services and extensive costs to manage the disease.” They also stated finding ways to decrease these numbers need to be emphasized more.