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Diabetes is now the 3rd largest killer in the USA

Diabetes is now the 3rd largest killer in the USA
Posted on February 14, 2017
Archive : February 2017
Category : Blog

Diabetes is now the 3rd largest cause of death in the United States: only Heart Disease and Cancer account for more deaths. Figures from a similar study carried out in the 1980’s and early 1990’s showed that out of the total number of deaths, 4% were linked to diabetes whereas from this most recent study, that figure has gone up to 12%. This is hardly surprising as the number of cases of diabetes has increased dramatically in that time too.

Today, 29 million people in the United States have diabetes with another 86 million having prediabetes whereas in 1980 this figure was only 5.53 million. (figures from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention)

It is difficult to identify the true number of deaths due to diabetes because there are so many diseases which develop as a complication of the disease i.e. Cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, visual impairment, peripheral artery disease and peripheral neuropathy. Deaths due to these conditions are not necessarily attributed directly to diabetes so what is written on the death certificate is not always diabetes, thus giving inaccurate statistics.

What is clear from this study, whether the actual deaths attributed to diabetes are now 12% of the total deaths or more, ‘population-level intervention is needed now to provide better diabetes prevention and care.’

With 86 million people in the United states having prediabetes, action and education now focused on this group alone would help reduce the amount in that group develop full scale diabetes.

References:

Diabetes is the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US written by Sysy Moraleson February 9th, 2017

Diabetes accounts for more US deaths than previously thought – printed in MNT on 27 January 2017

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