Monday, November 19, 2012

Diabetes Health Is Improving In The US


In 2009, the 10 leading causes of death in the US were, in rank
order:

  • Heart disease: 599,413
  • Cancer: 567,628
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 137,353
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,842
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 118,021
  • Alzheimer's disease: 79,003
  • Diabetes: 68,705
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,692
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,935
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide):
 So Diabetes ranked number 7 that year.   

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm

I recently saw an old article online that said diabetes was the third leading cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer. I don't know what year that was, but since it is the seventh leading cause now, we have certainly come a long way.

The link below says that the life expectancy of type 1 diabetics is almost as good as that of non diabetics:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/medical/health/medical/diabetes/story/2011/06/Life-expectancy-improves-for-type-1-diabetics/48851072/1

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