With the prevalence of diabetes, obesity, and other cardiometabolic risk factors on the rise , cardiovascular disease mortality rates continue to show an upward trend. Rates of heart failure-related deaths in the United States are climbing nationwide —particularly affecting adults between the ages of 35 and 64. Currently, the CDC estimates 5.7 million American adults suffer from heart failure and an increasing amount of those people are under the age of 65. Researchers are examining potential causes and reversal methods of this growing trend.
As rates of obesity have steadily climbed over the past 40 years, more adolescents and young adults are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than ever before. Between 2002 and 2012 alone, the incidence of type 2 diabetes in youth grew by nearly 5%. As early onset has been directly linked to poorer outcomes, young adults diagnosed with diabetes face higher risks for long-term complications.