Diabetics See a Drop in Heart Disease and Stroke Deaths

Diabetes patients have seen a decline in death rates due to better medical management and treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A study published by the American Diabetes Association in the journal Diabetes Care, “Trends in Death Rates Among U.S. Adults With and Without Diabetes Between 1997 and 2006,” shows that between 1997 and 2006:

  • Deaths related to heart disease and stroke fell by 40 percent for diabetics.
  • Deaths from all causes among diabetics decreased by 23 percent.

National Health Interview Survey data of almost 250,000 adults was analyzed by researchers and showed, according to ModernPhysician.com, “People with diabetes were less likely to smoke and were more physically active than before, and there was also better management of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.” Unfortunately, weight management was not a factor in the study; obesity rates continue to rise among people with diabetes, researchers say.


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