Lifetime Risk for Diabetes Mellitus in the United States


Source: Narayan KMV, Boyle JP, Thompson TJ, Sorensen SW, Williamson DF. Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States. JAMA 2003 October 8;290(14):1884-1890.

Results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study show that the lifetime risk of developing diabetes for the average American is great. What is lifetime risk? According to this study,lifetime risk is the probability that a person will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime. Approximately one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes, which makes primary prevention of diabetes an important priority for the nation.

The lifetime risk of developing diabetes for an average person born in the United States in year 2000 until their death

• Males – 1 in 3 chance

• Females – 2 in 5 chance

• Hispanic females – 1 in 2 chance (high risk)