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One person in every 50 in Britain and one in every 20 in the United States suffers from diabetes, but fewer than half of these cases are diagnosed. In Britain, diabetes is most common among the elderly, particularly people who are overweight, and those of Asian origin. NIDDM usually occurs after 40 years of age and becomes more common with increasing age, affecting some 15 percent of the population over the age of 50. Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar or the wrong kind of food, nor can it be 'caught'.

Many people are unaware that they have diabetes. In the late 20th century, for example, it was estimated that more than 5 million of the 15.7 million American cases were undiagnosed. Since it is possible to have a mild form of diabetes without any of the obvious symptoms, it pays to have regular check-ups after the age of 50. The disease is usually discovered when there are typical symptoms and a clearly high blood sugar level, as defined by a daytime level greater than 200 milligrams per decilitre or a fasting level greater than 140 milligrams per decilitre. Occasionally a more detailed oral glucose tolerance test is required for accurate diagnosis.

As childbearing taxes the generative power of the spleen-pancreas, diabetes is much more common among mothers than other women. Women with three children, for example, are twice as likely to develop diabetes as women with no children; women with six children are at six times the risk. Because of this factor, two out of three diabetics are women.

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