Diabetes Diagnoses on the Decline

The rate of new diabetes cases is dropping - for the first time in 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently.

New diagnoses among American adults are down about one-fifth from 2009 to 2014, new data reveals.

According to first study author Andy Menke, most adults don't know there's a problem until they get a diagnosis.

"Among everyone with diabetes in the U.S., about one in three were unaware that they had the condition," Menke said in an interview with NBC News.

While the study found a decrease in new diabetes diagnoses, the number of American adults who have the condition has doubled in the last two decades.

Not as much data for Asian Americans

The CDC's report found that diabetes diagnoses were on the decline among white, black and Hispanic adults, but it did not provide significant information about Asian Americans.

"There's not as much data there," said Dr. Edward Gregg, from the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation.

The National Institutes of Health and the CDC have previously reported that Asian Americans have the highest proportion of undiagnosed diabetes.

While weight gain is generally the most common risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, this isn't the case for many Asian Americans, the study authors said.

A study published last year by the American Diabetes Association suggested that Asian Americans be tested for diabetes if they have a BMI of 23 or higher.

"Unfortunately, these studies did not have adequate statistical power to accurately estimate cases of diabetes among Asian Americans in previous decades, so it's not possible to look at long-term trends in this population," Menke said.

Source: NBC

Image courtesy of phasinphoto/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Get Free Diabetic Supplies

For a limited time only, you can reduce diabetic supplies costs by more than 90%. Enrolling just take a few minutes.
1) Fill out the form
2) Speak to a representative
3) Get diabetic supplies delivered to your door at little or no cost.

Also, you will get a free Diabetes Meal Plan from a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.

Enter your information below to see if you qualify.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

Doctors use regular assessments of their diabetic patients not only to monitor the progress of the disease but also as opportunities to counsel...

Every body needs insulin, an essential hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar by converting glucose into energy. Diabetics...

People are not the only beings who suffer from diabetes. Any mammal with a pancreas can develop the disease through a lack of or impaired insulin...

When is diabetes not really diabetes? When it is Diabetes Insipidus. Diabetes Insipidus is a rare disorder not related to diabetes mellitus,...

When news stations feature stories about diabetes, they tend to include a shot of an overweight body, calling attention to the person's excess...

More Articles

The most well-known variations of diabetes are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes....

Those who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can greatly reduce their susceptibility by doing one key...

There are those who have heard of the term "diabetes mellitus," but might not be familiar with it. Diabetes Mellitus is a condition in...

Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, but scratched or cracked skin is also susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections – common medical...

=It’s helpful to know the difference between a food’s total grams of carbohydrate, and net grams of carbohydrate since only net carbs affect blood...

Eating LCHF, or a Low Carb High Fat diet, is a bit mind-bending for those of us who have learned to consume low-fat and lean. In many respects, it...

A 1-minute quiz could predict whether or not you're at risk for prediabetes. More than 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, which - left...

The human body needs chromium, a trace mineral, for several essential functions including the normalizing of...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

It can be difficult enough to get on stage and make a roomful of strangers laugh, but for comedians suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes,...

Because beets have moderately high sugar content, it’s typically recommended that people watching their glucose levels limit beet consumption....

It would be interesting to know how many people with diabetes actually use blood glucose control solutions to regularly check the accuracy of...

Gestational diabetes is a condition characterized by abnormally high blood glucose levels during the condition...

How frustrating to wake up in the morning with elevated blood sugar when all you did was dream about eating a piece of cheesecake. A seemingly...

There is nothing close to a one-size-fits-all exercise program for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The best general advice is to...