Diabetes and insulin therapy for children has come a long way in the past 30 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said in the report released on Wednesday that between 1980 and 2016, diabetes deaths dropped by about a quarter and that the average duration of life for those who started insulin therapy increased from 13 years to 15 years.
The rise is attributed in part to increased awareness and better access to treatment.
“The CDC is pleased to report that the rate of diabetes in the U.S. has improved since 1980, and now nearly 80 percent of Americans have diabetes-related health problems,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.
The report also said that diabetes prevalence has dropped dramatically.
The total number of diabetes cases declined from 5.2 million in 1980 to 4.8 million in 2016, according the report.
Diabetes deaths fell from 7.5 million in the 1980s to 3.9 million in 2014.
Diabetes prevalence has fallen from 18 percent in 1980 and now stands at 6 percent, the CDC said.
For children, the drop was even more dramatic.
Between 1980 and 2012, the number of children with diabetes increased from 6.4 million to 8.4 in the same time period, according CDC data.
The rate of obesity decreased from 18.1 percent in 1981 to 10.2 percent in 2016.