The Rate of Increase of New Cases of Diagnosed Diabetes May be
SlowingDespite progress, continued efforts needed to reduce future
cases of diagnosed diabetes
New CDC data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
suggest that after decades of continued growth in cases of diagnosed diabetes,
the rate of increase may be slowing from year to year. The study, "Prevalence
and Incidence in Trends for Diagnosed Diabetes Among Adults Aged 20 to 79
Years, United States, 1980–2012," was published today.
"Our findings suggest that, after decades of continued growth in the prevalence
and incidence of diagnosed diabetes, the diabetes epidemic may be beginning
to slow for the first time," said Linda Geiss, a chief epidemiologist in CDC’s
Division of Diabetes Translation and lead author of the study.
What This Means:
past, but the numbers are still alarmingly high.
- Non-Hispanic blacks.
- Hispanic men and women, and
- People with less than a high school education.
"While this news is encouraging, our work is more important now than ever,"
says Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.
"These evolving trends show we’re moving in the right direction, but millions of
people are still diagnosed with diabetes yearly. We need to fortify our efforts to
see a real, sustained decrease in new cases of diagnosed diabetes."
What You Can Do:
Reducing new cases of diabetes is unlikely without continuing to reduce obesity,
improve diet, and reduce sedentary lifestyle in the U.S. population, and particularly
in those at high risk of developing diabetes. Long-term lifestyle change programs—
like the CDC-managed National Diabetes Prevention Program—can help those
at high risk of developing the disease.