Apparently, after years of bad news about the state of American's health, things seem to be improving, according to a report by NBC News. The media outlet noted studies that revealed fewer Americans are smoking, new diabetes cases are on the decline, and people are drinking fewer sugary carbonated beverages. "We are looking at some progress we have been making in America," said American Heart Association spokesperson Dr. Gerald Fletcher, who also is a physician for Mayo Clinic. Here are more details from the study:
- The number of new cases of diabetes in 2015 was 1.4 million — down from 1.7 million new cases in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- 12 percent of American adults had high cholesterol during a period ranging from 2011 to 2014, down from 13.4 percent from 2009-2010.
- The number of smokers has dropped by nearly 20 percent in the past 10 years, according to the CDC. Currently, less than 17 percent of the population are smokers.
- Americans cut their consumption of soft drinks by 14 percent since 2004, according to a Beverage Digest report.