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Despite Decline In New Diabetes Cases, Overall Numbers Remain High, Research Suggests

Medscape (5/30, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reported in continuing coverage that new research suggests “rates of diagnosed diabetes in the United States may finally be declining but overall numbers remain high.” The research found that “after nearly a two-decade increase in both prevalence and incidence of diagnosed diabetes in the United States, the prevalence – the number of people living with diagnosed diabetes – has stabilized for the past 8 years and there has been a decrease in incidence.” However, the researchers said, “Causes of the plateauing of prevalence and decrease in incidence are unclear and although the trends are encouraging, the overall burden of diabetes remains high and warrants continued intervention and monitoring.” The findings were published online in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care.

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