Beating Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released new data regarding the mortality rate for those living with Type 1 Diabetes during their June annual meeting, highlighting a drop in deaths related to the disease. Analysis of data from the Allegheny County Type 1 Diabetes Registry, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, revealed a dip in the number of deaths for the 1,100 individuals diagnosed with the disease between 1965 and 1979.

Disparities were noted between gender and race. Presented findings said that women were still more likely to die from the disease than men–females were 13 times more likely to face mortality from type 1 diabetes than those without. Similarly, African American women were 30% more likely to die when compared to Caucasian women, perhaps connected to racial disparities facing the health care industry as a whole.

According to the ADA, those with type 1 diabetes account for 5-10% of the estimated 23.6 million people dealing with the disease, the vast majority of whom are diagnosed as children. Advances in insulin therapy treatments and early detection can be credited with the lower death rate.

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