New Diabetes Cases Finally on the Decline

After decades of relentless rise, the number of new cases of diabetes in the United States has finally started to decline.

Source: New Diabetes Cases, at Long Last, Begin to Fall in the United States

While minorities have higher rates of diabetes than non-Hispanic whites in general:

…I think, in absolute numbers, whites still make up the majority of diabetes cases.

The higher rates of diabetes in minorities is a complicated issue. Genetics may play some part in it, but the bulk of the risk comes from socioeconomic factors. There are such things as urban food deserts where a healthy diet is not easily available. Take the case of New York City. Here’s a map of veggie intake, supermarket availablity, and diabetes rates. You may notice that these neighborhoods correspond closely with low-income, minority populated neighborhoods. Speaking from personal experience living in some of these areas, fried and fast foods are readily available. Fresh fruits and veggies? Not as much.

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