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Health Agencies Update
July 25, 2007

Diabetes Death Rates

JAMA. 2007;298(4):394. doi:10.1001/jama.298.4.394-a

Progress in reducing diabetes-related death rates has been limited to men, report researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Gregg EW et al. Ann Intern Med.;[published online ahead of print June 18, 2007]).

The investigators set out to examine whether all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates have declined among Americans with and without self-reported diabetes. Among men with diabetes, mortality from all causes declined by a rate of 18.2 annual deaths per 1000 persons (from 42.6 to 24.4 annual deaths per 1000 persons) between 1971-1986 and 1998-2000. Cardiovascular disease mortality trends in men paralleled those of all-cause mortality.

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