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New Diabetes Cases in U.S. Decline as Obesity Rises, and Doctors Aren’t Sure Why

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New Diabetes Cases in U.S. Decline as Obesity Rises, and Doctors Aren’t Sure Why

Despite rising obesity rates across the country, the number of new diabetes diagnoses actually fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, a pretty significant decline from 1.7 million in 2009.

While this decline is a continuation of a trend from this decade, there is more to the trend than what meets the eye. Many doctors speculate this decline is due to a newer blood test that requires patients to fast for 12 hours, as well as a change of routine screening that is missing people who would once have been diagnosed. Additionally, the rise in diagnosing pre-diabetes may be causing an increased number of patients to improve their health before becoming diabetic. For more, head on over to CBS News.