Diabetes Forecast

Fewer Diabetes Complications in the Past 20 Years

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

Good news: Rates of certain diabetes-related complications have dropped in the United States over the past 20 years. Researchers examined several national databases that included over 6 million adults with diagnosed diabetes in 1990 and over 20 million in 2010. Between those years, rates of heart attacks and short-term problems related to high blood glucose (such as ketoacidosis and coma) fell by about two-thirds, stroke and amputations by about half, and end-stage kidney disease by about one-third. Researchers attribute the declines to better health care as well as health messages targeting patients with diabetes. But they caution that complications remain numerous because the number of people diagnosed with diabetes keeps growing.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online April 17, 2014



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