According to the findings of a new research that was released on Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the United States is expected to rise dramatically over the course of the next four decades.
The newly developed predictions make use of information from the United States Census of 2020. Data from the United States Census Bureau merged with information on heart disease and associated risk factors. Survey of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Program. Between the years 2025 and 2060, it is anticipated that the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors within the overall population of the United States, including diabetes, hypertension, or obesity, would skyrocket.
By the year 2060, it is anticipated that around 55 million more people in the United States would have diabetes, and 126 million more people in the United States will be obese. The researchers also anticipate that the incidences of stroke and heart failure will both grow by more than 33 percent, which will have an effect on a total of 28 million people living in the United States.
Minorities most affected
In addition to this, it is anticipated that this increase will have a disproportionately negative effect on all minority groups, with the Black and Hispanic populations suffering the greatest burden of these spikes in cardiovascular risks as total rates continue to drop for white individuals. According to the findings of the study, for instance, the percentage of adult Black people who suffer from diabetes will increase from the current rate of 13 percent to 20 percent by the year 2060; and the percentage of Black adults who have hypertension will increase from the current rate of 55 percent to nearly 60 percent.
This is particularly devastating when one considers the fact that developments in medical technology ought to avoid the growth of this kind. However, the authors of the research believe that the problem is structural, stating that minority groups are routinely ignored and forgotten about when it comes to matters of health policy. In Black and Brown communities, factors including food deserts, a shortage of access to health care, and financial inequality all contribute to an increasing discrepancy in public health.
This is further supported by the findings of a previous study, which discovered that a persistent lack of access to nutritious food resulted in a greater incidence of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular sickness. According to the researchers, the results highlight apparent discrepancies in the healthcare system in the United States and serve as a call to action to solve these issues.