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