New diabetes cases, at long last, begin to fall in the United States

New diabetes cases, at long last, begin to fall in the United States

Monday, December 7, 2015

For the first time in nearly 25 years, the rate of new diabetes cases in the United states fell by about a fifth from 2008 to 2014 according to the New York Times.  There were 1.4 million new cases of diabetes in 2014, down from 1.7 million in 2008.   Experts are unsure as to whether the efforts to prevent diabetes are working or if the disease has peaked in the population.  However, the decline is consistent with progress reported recently in the improvement of overall health among Americans.

The article notes that progress across the board has been uneven.  Educated Americans have seen improvements, but the rate of new cases among uneducated individuals has flattened, but not declined.  The number of new cases among white Americans has dropped, but there is no statistically significant change for blacks or Hispanics.  To address this issue, prevention programs aimed at educating the most at-risk populations have been established and are seeing success.  

To see how our region’s health is trending, go to the Health page of Gulf Coast Community Indicators