New diabetes cases are on the decline in the U.S., according to a recent CDC report published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.
Using nearly four decades of national data from adults ages 18 to 79, the researchers found that the rate of new diagnoses decreased by 25 percent between 2007 and 2017—from 7.8 to 6 new cases per 1,000 adults (or 1.7 million to 1.3 million total new cases a year)—after rising steadily for almost two decades.
And the overall prevalence of the condition (that is, the total number of people living with diabetes) has remained stable for the past decade at about 8 percent of the adult population, after roughly doubling between 1990 and 2009. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 95 percent of all diabetes cases.
The findings suggest that efforts to stem the tide of diabetes in the U.S.—such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program, launched in 2010—are helping, according to the authors, though “we still have a very long way to go.”
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
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