As many as 1 in 3 Americans could have diabetes by 2050 according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The predicted figure is more than three times the current number of roughly 10 percent. "This is alarming," said Ann Albright, director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation.

The CDC estimates 76 million to 100 million Americans could be diabetic by 2050 accounting for diabetes who currently have diabetes but are not accounted for.

The CDC cited the aging population is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk, and people with diabetes living longer.

Currently approximately 24 million Americans live with diabetes.

According to the CDC, diabetes was the nation’s seventh leading cause of death in 2007 and has become the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults under age 75. It's also the leading cause of kidney failure, and non-injury leg and foot amputations among adults.

Diabetes can be reduced with a combination of following the proper diet and physical activity.

The study was published online Friday by the journal Population Health Metrics.