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Health Risks of Diabetes Decline Drastically Over 20 Year Period

The number of Americans with diabetes has nearly tripled since 1990 but a new study in NEJM has shown that the health risks for diabetics have decreased dramatically in the past 2 decades, The New York Times reports. Researchers “used four federal data sets — the National Health Interview Survey, the National Hospital Discharge Survey, the United States Renal Data System, and Vital Statistics — over a 20-year period to give a comprehensive picture of diabetes outcomes.” Results showed that the risk of heart attack and death due to high blood sugar decreased by over 60% and that rates of stroke and amputations of the lower extremities decreased by nearly half between 1990 and 2010. “Researchers said the declines were the fruit of years of efforts to improve the health of patients with Type 2 diabetes.”

Read it in The New York Times.

Read the study in NEJM.