Heart disease deaths among diabetic patients are falling

Between 1997 and 2006  heart disease and stroke deaths in diabetic patients fell because of better disease management, but the average life expectancy of diabetics is still shorter than Americans without diabetes.

A study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, found, among other improvements, that deaths related to heart disease and stroke dropped by 40%. Adult diabetics are still likely to die at a younger age than one who does not have diabetes.

On average, people with diabetes were less likely to smoke and more likely to be physically active than in the past. However, obesity levels among people with diabetes continued to increase.

To learn more, go to CDC’s diabetes home page. The study appears in the journal Diabetes Care.

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