Death rates among U.S. adults with diabetes has been on the decline since the late 1990s, reports a new study. The study found that between 1997 and 2006 among diabetic adults, the rate of deaths due to cardiovascular disease (CVD) declined by 40 percent and the death rate due to all causes decreased by 23 percent. There was no difference in the rates of decline between diabetic men and women.

The CVD death rate, compared with non-diabetic adults, decreased by 60 percent, while the all-cause death rate declined by 44 percent.

Although these findings are encouraging, the study points out that “diabetes prevalence is likely to rise in the future if diabetes incidence is not curtailed.”

1. Gregg EW, Cheng YJ, Saydah S, et al. Trends in death rates among U.S. adults with and without diabetes between 1997 and 2006: findings from the National Health Interview Survey. Diabetes Care 2012; 35(6): 1252-1257. (open access)