The Center for Disease Control says the number of people with diabetes could skyrocket in the coming years.
A new government analysis shows a third of adults in the U.S. could have diabetes by the year 2050. That's a sharp increase from the current 10 percent. The CDC says the aging population and high risk minority groups could be to blame. Life expectancy for people with diabetes has also gone up, which may also play a part in the predicted future numbers.
Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2007, and the CDC also reports that it is now the leading cause in new cases of blindness among adults over 75. It's also the leading cause of non-injury amputations and kidney failure.
Doctors believe a proper diet and more physical activity are the best ways to reverse the trend.