Diabetes on Decline in U.S.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new data that shows that the number of new cases of adult diabetes is on the decline. Over the 1990s and 2000s, the number of new cases each year in the U.S. nearly tripled, up to 1.7 million in 2009. It has steadily declined to 1.4 million new cases per year in 2014—which is still double the rate per capita in 1991.

The CDC has said the largest drop in new cases is among men. The likely cause is an increase in awareness of the risk factors of diabetes, which include high blood pressure and high cholesterol or other fat levels. The best way to reduce the risk is to stay active and eat healthily.

More effort is needed, however, to bring the prevalence of diabetes back to the levels seen in the 1990s. Currently 9.3 percent of the adult population in the U.S. has diabetes, which nationally has combined direct and indirect costs of $245 billion per year.

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