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Diabetes Rates Slowing After Two Decades of Sharp Increases

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 06:47 AM

Diabetes rates are slowing after more than two decades of sharp increases, giving doctors and health specialists hope that American's are paying better attention to their health.

"I wasn’t expecting something like this at all," said Betul Hatipoglu, an endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic, Bloomberg News reported.

"We have been continuing to get signals that diabetes was continuing to be on the rise and becoming an even bigger problem. This study gives us hope it might have plateaued at some point."

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The new study, released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that rates of diabetes increased roughly 4.5 percent a year from 1990 to 2008, but slowed to a 0.6 percent increase from 2008 to 2012.

"We are still seeing (new and existing cases) going up, but the speed at which they are going up is leveling off," said study co-author Ann Albright.

"That gives us hope that we are beginning to slow down this runaway train. You’ve got to slow that roaring train down before we can begin to reverse and see declines."

In 2010, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 3 adult Americans would have diabetes by 2050, but that estimate will likely need to be revised to reflect the new findings.

The majority of diabetes cases are Type 2 diagnoses, and doctors say the slowdown in rates of diabetes correlate with an obesity epidemic that also appears to be slowing.

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