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Perhaps 1 in 3 will have the disease.

Obesity plays an increasing role in this situation.

According to the report, one in 10 U.S. adults have diabetes now, and the prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years, primarily type 2 diabetes, according to a report published in Population Health Metrics.

Diabetes is the Number One reason for adult blindness, kidney failure, and limb amputation, and is closely linked to heart attacks and strokes, and to a form of dementia.

The CDC estimates the current cost of diabetes at $174 Billion annually — $116 Billion of which is in direct medical costs.

[22 Oct 2010, USA TODAY, McLean, VA, Mary Brophy Marcus]