The number of new cases of diabetes in the U.S. declined to 1.4 million in 2014 from 1.7 million in 2008, according to a report from the CDC. The report stated that an improvement in healthy eating habits, a decline in the amount of soda consumption since the late 1990s and a decrease in the average number of daily calories consumed by adults and children, as well as an increase in physical activity and the flattened rates of obesity, may have contributed to the decline in new diabetes cases.  The rate of new cases fell by about a fifth from 2008 to 2014, according to researchers at the CDC, the first sustained decline since the disease started to explode in this country about 25 years ago. The drop has been gradual and for a number of years was not big enough to be statistically meaningful. But new data for 2014 released this week serves as a robust confirmation that the decline is real. CDC Dec 1, 2015