Until only a few years ago the Type 2 diabetes rate in the United States steadily increased. Actually, it continued to increase by about 4.5 percent every single year between 1990 and 2008. While this was certainly something to be concerned about researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that over the last four years, the diabetes rate has been slowly on the decline, but steadily, falling about 0.6 percent every year.
CDC director Ann Albright, who is also co-author of this study, says that the United States has been better at addressing the approaching diabetes epidemic, and that could account for the slowdown. Also, people are consuming fewer calories, on average, which also might have a hand in it.