According to the CDC, the number of newly diagnosed cases of Diabetes in the US has fallen by nearly 20% in the last seven years.
If you’re one of the many who gets a bit depressed when you hear the latest health statistics in America, you’ll likely appreciate this news.
According to new figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of newly diagnosed cases of Diabetes in the US has fallen by nearly 20% in the last seven years. This means one in five people in the States is no longer developing Diabetes like they used to.
This is the first sustained improvement in 25 years.
Last year (in 2014), there were 300,000 fewer new cases than the 1.7 million recorded for one year in 2008, reports The New York Times.
While health officials aren’t sure what exactly is behind the decline, the decrease does parallel changes in Americans’ eating and exercise habits.
For example, people are drinking 20% less soda today than they did in 1998, a study reports. In addition, the number of people exercising regularly has increased by 17% since 2001. Not only that, children are consuming 5.5% fewer calories on average than they did in the 1990’s, and childhood obesity rates have dramatically decreased by more than 40% over the last decade.
This good news is cause for celebration, but the battle is far from over.
Said Dr. David M. Nathan, the director of the Diabetes Center and Clinical Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital:
“It has finally entered into the consciousness of our population that the sedentary lifestyle is a real problem, that increased body weight is a real problem.”
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