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CDC: New diabetes cases on decline

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The number of new cases of diabetes in the United States is dropping.

According to the CDC, it's the first continuous decline in 25 years.

Linda Houthoofd is a diabetes education supervisor at McLaren Bay Region.

“Definitely something that we're happy to see,” Houthoofd said. “We've helped people identify things that they can do and help set goals so they can reduce the risk of developing diabetes.”

Along with more diabetes education programs, health experts said more Americans are getting more exercise and eating healthier.

“The average caloric intake is down we're also seeing an increase in the physical activity in general,” Houthoofd said.

While these new stats show a positive change, Houthoofd said there are still many people who have diabetes and don't know it.

Common symptoms of diabetes including being excessively thirsty tired, unexplained weight loss and frequent urination

If you have these symptoms, medical experts advise you to consult your doctor.

And if you are diagnosed with diabetes, there are several resources available to help.

“There's a lot of information we can share with people a lot of ways we can help them manage their diabetes to help reduce complications with diabetes,” Houthoofd said.

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