Veronica Hackethal, MD August 13, 2014

Among those diagnosed at age 40, the number of life-years lost to diabetes decreased by about 2 years among both women and men.
The overwhelming increase in diabetes in the general population, however, translated into a 44% increase in cumulative life-years lost to the disease among women and a 46% increase among men. Overall, more years were spent living with diabetes, with a 70% increase in women and a 156% increase in men.
Numbers are “Daunting”; Population Approach Required
“The numbers are daunting,” Dr. Gregg admitted, “The main thing that needs to be done to reduce this high lifetime risk is to reduce the rate of new cases. If high-risk people can be identified and given assistance to help change their lifestyles, they can substantially reduce their risk.” There are also changes that need to be made across the population, he added.
He and his colleagues note that the profile of increasing incidence and declining mortality has also been observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Finland, suggesting that similar dynamics in lifetime risk are taking place in other countries.
In an accompanying comment, Lorraine Lipscombe, MD, an endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto, Ontario, says that recent CDC statistics showing that almost 10% of US adults have diabetes and 1 in 4 do not know it is almost certainly the “tip of the iceberg.”
She points out, however, that changing diabetes diagnostic….read more:
source: Medscape
“With the increase in new cases of diabetes rising significantly each year, problems with vision can occur.  People with diabetes should have a yearly dilated eye exam to rule out diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy.” MDA