And because people are living longer, more cases are likely to come from older
people. The percentage of people ages 65 and older
with diabetes is expected to increase; it was 12.4 percent in 2000, but will be 19.6 percent in 2030, Albright said.
"We're living longer, but Type 2 diabetes does get more prevalent as you age," she said. "The body's ability to use insulin does gradually decline, but that can be slowed by maintenance, diet and regular physical activity.