Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have good news to share regarding diabetics.
In a report in the journal Diabetes Care, it was revealed that death rates for diabetics from all causes fell 23 percent, while death rates from heart disease fell 40 percent, from 1997 and 2006.
The good news, however, is accompanied by a reality that is not as impressive: the growing number of people suffering from diabetes places an increasing burden on the health care system in the United States. To date, the U.S. spends an estimated $174 billion annually on diabetes, which includes $116 billion in direct medical costs.
The study, conducted by a team led by epidemiologist Edward W. Gregg of the division of diabetes translation of the CDC, included an evaluation of data on nearly 250,000 adults gathered through the 1997-2004 National Health Interview Survey, as well as a comparison of this data against deaths reported in the National Health Death Index.
The number of Americans suffering from diabetes in the United States has increased more than threefold since 1980, primarily due to an increase in Type 2 diabetes, a health condition associated with obesity, inactivity, and aging. According to CDC estimates, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, but 7 million of these diabetics do not know it.