AUSTIN — The number of Texas adults diagnosed with diabetes is projected to quadruple within 30 years, encompassing nearly a fourth of the state's population by 2040, according to a newly released report by the Texas Health Institute.
The impact will also be felt heavily throughout the Metroplex, according to the projections. In Tarrant County, the prevalence of diabetes will increase by 355 percent during the 30 years, affecting 658,438 residents, compared with 144,686 this year.
Tarrant County residents with diabetes could constitute 22 percent of the population in 2040, compared with 11 percent now, the report said.
"The numbers are shocking," said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. "It's even worse than what I had imagined.
Up to 8 million Texans could be diagnosed with diabetes in 2040, compared with 2.2 million in 2010, according to projections by the state demographer's office.
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