The Dynamics of Diabetes among Birth Cohorts in the United States

Diabetes Care February 10, 2014

 

OBJECTIVE Using a nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population, we estimated trends in diabetes prevalence across cohorts born 1910–1989 and provide the first estimates of age-specific diabetes incidence using nationally representative, measured data.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Data were from 40,130 nonpregnant individuals aged 20–79 years who participated in the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), 1988–1994, and the continuous 1999–2010 NHANES. We defined diabetes as hemoglobin A1c ≥6.5% (48 mmol/mol) or taking diabetes medication. Read More