Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Good News! Risk factor management works

This  article , in the June  15, 2012 issue of INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWS , got my attention.
 "EXCESS MORTALITY HALVED IN DIABETES PATIENTS "

The author, Miriam E. Tucker did a good job reviewing an article published in Diabetes Care 2012; 35 : 1252-7 Edward E. Gregg, Ph.D reporting on The national-Health interview surveys  between 1997 and 2006. The study included adults 18 years and older with and without diabetes.

The bottom line
   There was a 40 % reduction in excess all-cause mortality and a 23 % drop in excess 
   cardiovascular mortality in people with diabetes


  From 1997-98 to 2003-04 cardiovascular death rates  among those;

    * with Diabetes decreased   from 9.5 to 5.6 / 1000 person years
    * without diabetes decreased from 3.7 to 3.3 / 1000


There were other interesting bits of information reported.
 " Among the population with diabetes there were consistent increases over time in the levels of education, income and obesity , as well as decreases in the proportion of smokers and those with sedentary behaviors and difficulty walking " 


Have Fun , Be Smart and Remember :
Preventing health problems  is more fun than treating health problems
David Calder, MD

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