Gains in heart disease could be ruined by diabetes

Tue, 28 Feb 2006
New York is recognised as one of the diabetes epicentres of the world, a city in which the healthcare services have resorted to closely monitoring all of their diabetes patients in an attempt to prevent complications. Recent reports from New York indicate that there has been a recent upsurge in deaths attributed to diabetes and incidences of the disease developing. Experts claim that this could wipe out the advances that the city has made in preventing heart disease related deaths.

Coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death for diabetics. Researchers in New York analysed mortality records dating back to 1989. Two sets of figures were researched, one from 1989-1991 and the other from 1999-2001, although the team limited themselves to patients over 35 years of age. They found that between 1990 and 2000 an upswing in diabetes-related morbidity and mortality was evident.

The number of heart attacks over the same period did not decline, and this was attributed to the severe increase in diabetes patients.

The research team predicted that their data would almost certainly be mirrored in other parts of America and the wider world. They also forecast that the strong advances in preventing heart attacks will be washed over by the rising tide of diabetes. One in 10 New Yorkers have diabetes.
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