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Health Paradox: New Diabetes Cases Fall while Obesity Rises

Health Paradox: New Diabetes Cases Fall while Obesity Rises

MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
Created: May 28, 2019 10:58 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren't sure why.

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New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009.

Earlier research had spotted a decline, and the new report shows it's been going on for close to a decade. Health officials say the numbers could be falling because of changes in testing and because people are improving their health before becoming diabetic.

Diabetes is a disease in which sugar builds up in the blood. The most common form is tied to obesity, and the number of diabetics ballooned as U.S obesity rates increased.

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MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

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