The number of new cases of diabetes in Americans ages 18-79 has dropped in recent years, according to the latest data from the CDC. Between 1980 and 2009, the annual number of newly diagnosed cases skyrocketed from 493,000 to 1.7 million. Since then, the number has dropped to 1.4 million per year. More than 90 percent of these cases are type 2 diabetes. Overall, about 11 percent of American adults, or 29 million, have diabetes, the highest percentage among developed nations, according to the International Diabetes Federation. It isn’t known why the diabetes rate has started to drop in the U.S., though a reduction in the per capita intake of sugary beverages and a leveling off of the obesity epidemic are likely contributors.
References: Diabetes Focus Magazine pg.6, Fall 2016