New cases of diabetes are declining in the US, CDC reports

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By Vicki Martinka Petersen | December 15, 2015

Experts caution that this good news may not be as straightforward as it seems. The nation has long way to go to manage this epidemic, they say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported a decrease in the number of new cases of diabetes to 1.4 million in 2014, down from 1.7 million in 2009. While this is a step in the right direction, physicians caution there is still much work to be done in preventing and managing this disease.

"We still have 1.4 million Americans developing diabetes each year, and that is still three times the rate we saw in the early 1980s," says Jay Shubrook, DO, a professor and director of clinical research and diabetes services at the Touro University California, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo. "We need to be as persistent at preventing and attacking this disease as it is relentlessly progressive."

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