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Fewer People Are Getting Diabetes, But The Epidemic Isn’t Over
National Public Radio

The number of people newly diagnosed with diabetes continues to decline after decades of increases that transformed what was once a disease of the old into a public health crisis that affects even children.

That’s not to say the crisis is over; 1.4 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2014, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s down from 1.7 million new cases in 2009, the fifth straight year of decline.

The numbers are going in the right direction, says Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, “but we still have a long, long way to go.”