Diabetes affecting more adults

Diabetes still on the riseA recent study showed that diabetes in adults has been rising dramatically. In 2008, the number of individuals who suffer from the illness rose to 347 million.

The research, which was outlined in the Lancet, was conducted by both Professor Majid Ezzati from the the Imperial College of London and Dr. Goodarz Danaei of the Harvard School of Public Health.

The study found that the number of people with diabetes rose from 153 million to 347 million between the years of 1980 and 2008, and this number is not expected to slow down.

"Unless we develop better programs for detecting people with elevated blood sugar and helping them to improve their diet and physical activity and control their weight, diabetes will inevitably continue to impose a major burden on health systems around the world," said Danaei.

The results of this study may increase the type of care in certain assisted living and retirement living communities across the country in order to promote a better quality of life for the increasing number of diabetes' patients.