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Better lifestyle habits are saving lives!

September 4, 2012 in News

A recent release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that patients with type 2 diabetes are taking better care of themselves and receiving better care than ever before.

According to the study, the death rate for diabetes from either stroke or heart disease was 40% lower in 2006 than in 1997. The overall death rate for adults with diabetes from all causes was also lower, showing a 23% decrease.

Some of the factors contributing to this decrease are that diabetics are now less likely to smoke and more likely to be physically active than in previous years, according to the researchers at the CDC and NIH. The researchers also suspect that better management of blood pressure and high cholesterol contributed to the improvement.

Edward Gregg, the study’s lead author and chief of epidemiology and statistics in CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, commented that such a significant decline is typically the result of multiple contributing factors.

While these results are very promising, the study also revealed that the obesity rate amongst diabetics is continuing to rise, meaning that there is still a long way to go with current efforts to encourage lifestyle change to improve the health of diabetics.

Diabetic deaths from cardiovascular disease are still twice as high as those without diabetes; currently the condition still reduces life expectancy by an average of 10 years.

The number of persons living with type 2 diabetes continues to rise, which the CDC connects to the rising rates of obesity in the population as a whole. Gregg stated:

“There’s still a long way to go. The fact that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with lifestyle intervention means that we really need to do more.”

You can read the initial news release from Reuters here:


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