Diabetes Down

The number of new cases of diabetes in the US has started to decline—even in Alabama, which has the highest prevalence of the disease in the country—indicating a profound shift in a vexing health problem.

Diabetes afflicts 1 in every 10 American adults and is the country’s leading cause of blindness, limb amputations and kidney dialysis.

“It’s not yet time to have a parade,” said Dr. David M. Nathan, the director of the Diabetes Center and Clinical Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. But he noted, “It has finally entered into the consciousness of our population that the sedentary lifestyle is a real problem, that increased body weight is a real problem.”

New York Times

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