Diabetes is Responsible for More Deaths Than Previously Thought

Posted On: 01-27-2017
Diabetes is Responsible for More Deaths Than Previously Thought
A new study published in PLOS One shows that the number of Americans who die from diabetes is higher than what was previously thought.

The research in the study was based on federal government data obtained annually (from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey and U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), and revealed that diabetes is the cause of 12% of deaths in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer cause higher percentages of deaths.

This data also showed that Americans with diabetes have approximately a 90% higher death rate than individuals without diabetes.

Samuel Preston, study author and sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, indicated that data from the 1980s and early 1990s showed that deaths attributed to diabetes equaled about 4% of total deaths at the time. The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes grew nearly 300% from 1980 and 2014.

Now, it seems that diabetes as a cause of death goes underreported. The study’s co-author, Andrew Stokes, said, “When we monitor trends in the health of populations and we look at the mortality statistics, some major threats to U.S. mortality and life expectancy stand out…Diabetes didn’t.”

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