Heart-Related Diabetic Deaths Plummet
Heart-related deaths among diabetes patients have dropped almost 40 percent over several years, according to a new study.
Researchers at the federal Centers for Diseas Control (CDC) came to that conclusion after analyzing data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the Death Index from 1997 to 2004.
The specific figures were 9.5 heart-related deaths per 1,000 person years in 1997-1998 and 5.6 heart-related deaths per 1,000 person years in 2004. Deaths from all causes among diabetes also dropped 23 percent during those same years.
The drop, researchers theorized, was due to improved self-care practices among diabetis, as well as the availability of more efficient medicines.
But they also cautioned that the results could be misleading because some deaths could have occurred in respondents who were undiagnosed diabetics or didn’t classify themselves in that way.