According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death rate dropped significantly for American diabetic patients from 1997-2006. Deaths rate from all causes dropped by 23 percent, and the death rate related to heart disease decreased by 40 percent. T
he study was based on the evaluation of data on nearly 250,000 adults during the period of 1997 to 2004. Although diabetic patients have much higher death rate than non-diabetic patients, especially heart disease related death, the study suggests that the gap is narrowing.
Many factors are contributing to the decrease in death rate among diabetic patients including better diabetes management, advanced heart disease treatment, improved control of blood pressure and cholesterol level and healthier lifestyle.
Although the death rate is falling, but the rate of newly diagnosed diabetic patients are still increasing. The prevalence of diabetic patients will continue to rise. The number of newly diagnosed patients has more than tripled since 1980. CDC estimates that there are 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes today. Over a quarter of those don’t know they have it.
Diabetes and other preventable diseases place substantial burden on the individual, families and the healthcare system. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2009. The total annual cost associated with diabetes are approximately $174 billion.
Diabetic patients can reduce the risk of severe complications by regularly monitoring blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level. If not monitored carefully, diabetes can cause kidney failure, blindness and amputation of feet and legs. Regular exercise, healthy diet plan, support and motivation are important parts of the diabetes care plan. Patients need to stay motivated. They can reach online support communities to learn and get inspired. With the power of healthcare social media, together we can help Americans to stop dying from preventable diseases.