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June 19, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(8):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690260061020

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Causes of Death Among Diabetics.  —Diabetes research in Denmark has been greatly facilitated by the establishment of a card index of diabetics kept by the Association of Apothecaries in connection with the rationing of sugar substitutes. In 1953, the public nealth authorities cooperated with the National Diabetes Association in a statistical study of this card index with reference to the occurrence and distribution of diabetes mellitus during the period 1944 to 1948. This study has now been extended to an investigation of the causes of death among diabetics, and in Ugeskrift for laeger, Feb. 18, 1954, Dr. Karen Dreyer and Dr. Alfred Hey presented a summary of their findings. They show that the diabetic male dies younger than the diabetic female and that diabetics of both sexes die younger than normal persons in the community. In such a study, it is difficult in many cases to decide the exact part

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