New Diabetes Cases Have Significantly Decreased In United States

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In a positive news for America, it has been reported that the number of new cases of diabetes have finally started to decline in the United States.

According to the researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of new cases of diabetes dropped by almost a fifth from 2008 to 2014. The significant decrease in the number of cases is being noted as the first sustained decline ever since the surge of the disease in US almost 25 years ago, the NYT reported.

The researchers stated that the fall in the number of new diabetes cases has been gradual and till now the numbers were not significant rough to be shown as statically relevant. However, the officials state that the new data for the year 2014 which was released on Tuesday showed that the decline in the diabetes cases have been significant.

According to the data, there were around 1.4 million new diabetes cases in 2014 which shows a significant decline from the numbers of new diabetes cases in 2008 which stood at 1.7 million.

Commenting on the results of the data, one of the leading researchers of diabetes in CDC, Edward Gregg said, ““It seems pretty clear that incidence rates have now actually started to drop. Initially it was a little surprising because I had become so used to seeing increases everywhere we looked.”

Although it is still not clear to the experts whether the decline is a result of preventive measures taken by the citizens and health officials or if the diseases has just peaked in the population. However, they say that the shift in the health of Americans regarding the disease has been reflected only recently.

The experts however have also said that progress has not been even and cautioned that the number of Americans with the disease currently is still more than double in numbers of what it was back in the 1990s.

Source: nytimes


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