For senior citizens-those 65 or older- obesity, excess body fat around the waist and gaining weight after the age of 50 have been found to increase the risk of diabetes. Diabetes has doubled in the U.S in the last 15 years and is highest among seniors age 65 to 79.
Approximately 70 percent of U.S men and women 60 years of age and older are overweight or obese. Body fat is a well recognized risk factor for type 2 diabetes among young and middle-aged adults..