The U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has good news and bad news:
– rates of new adult diabetes cases have steadily decreased, from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.4 million in 2014; but
– the number of new cases has more than tripled since 1980.
Though diagnosed diabetes cases have significantly risen in 35 years, the past six years has seen a marked decrease in newly diagnosed diabetes cases. Some experts believe the recent decrease in newly diagnosed diabetes cases is due to relatively recent emphasis on healthy diet, exercise and awareness about diabetes.
Diabetes afflicts approximately 29.1 million adult and minor Americans. According to the CDC’s data, which admittedly uses a small representative sample for Black and Hispanic communities, the ethnic breakdown of Americans diagnosed with diabetes is:
– 7.6% of Whites;
– 9% of Asians;
– 12.8% of Hispanics;
– 13.2% of Blacks; and
– 15.9% of Native Americans.
According to Dr. Edward Gregg, Chief of Epidemiology and Statistics at the CDC, the relatively recent decrease is encouraging but we must still deal effectively with the high incidence of diabetes in the United States. The greatest decrease has occurred among young white males; however, Dr. Gregg and other experts believe greater education, awareness and availability of healthful foods can combat the diabetes epidemic in other population segments.
An overview of diabetes, its diagnosis, types and strategies for controlling the disease can be accessed on YouTube:
By Kathy Catanzarite
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