Fewer People are Getting Diabetes, But the Epidemic Isn’t Over

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The numbers of people newly diagnosed with the disease has decreased for five straight years in a row.

The numbers of people newly diagnosed with the disease has decreased for five straight years in a row.

The number of people newly diagnosed with diabetes continues to decline after decades of increases that transformed what was once a disease of the old into a public health crisis that affects even children.

That’s not to say the crisis is over; 1.4 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2014, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s down from 1.7 million new cases in 2009, the fifth straight year of decline (Shute, 12/1).

Read story from NPR here.