Increasing rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity among middle-aged adults (50-64 years old), coupled with the massive growth in the senior population over the next 15 years, are likely to significantly affect the health and quality of life for the next generation of seniors, according to some of the key findings of the 2016 United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings Senior Report.
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes among today's middle-aged adults has increased by 55%, and the prevalence of obesity has increased by 25%, compared to middle-aged adults 15 years ago. In addition, 25 states are poised to face a 50% or greater increase in the senior population by 2030.
Healthcare costs for people with type 2 diabetes are 2.5 times higher than those without type 2 diabetes, according to the United Health Foundation. The report estimates that Colorado may see a 138% increase of older adults with type 2 diabetes by 2030.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a year-long evidence-based lifestyle change program that can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%. This effective program can have an even stronger impact in older adults. In the NDPP clinical trial, participants aged 60 and older reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes by 71%.
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Source: United Health Foundation