The article asserts that, "the rate of new cases fell by about a fifth from 2008 to 2014, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first sustained decline since the disease started to explode in this country about 25 years ago." The Times mentions the following possible reasons why the decline occurred.
- Eating habits have finally begun to improve.
- Soda consumption is down
- Physical activity has started to rise
- Obesity rates, a major driver of Type 2 diabetes, have flattened
- People realize the danger of a sedantary lifestyle
- Many realize the result of healthier habits is a better quality of life
Still, however, "diabetes afflicts one 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.”
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