Diabetes Cases Up, Death Rate Down

Pharmacy Times, Volume 0,0

Despite the growing number of people with diabetes, the death rate is declining, thanks to early detection and better treatment, concludes a report published in The Lancet (August 16, 2003). Danish researchers did an analysis of diabetes in a community of 470,000 people between 1993 and 1999. Although the number of people diagnosed with diabetes increased by ~3% annually over the 6-year study, the death rate fell by 3% each year. Diabetes affects about 135 million people worldwide, and the number of cases has steadily increased in the West, partially due to a rise in obesity.