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  • Diabetes accounts for more US deaths than previously thought, study shows

    Date: January 25, 2017

    Source: University of Pennsylvania

    Summary: Diabetes now makes up 12 percent of US deaths, a higher number than previously thought, according to new research.

    Diabetes accounts for 12 percent of deaths in the United States, a significantly higher percentage than previous research revealed, making it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, according to findings from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University published in PLOS ONE.


    "Another way of saying that is, if diabetes were eliminated as a disease process, the number of deaths would decline by 12 percent," said Samuel Preston, a sociology professor in Penn's School of Arts & Sciences and part of the Population Studies Center. "There has been only one similar, earlier research effort, and it was based on data from the 1980s and early '90s. It showed deaths attributable to diabetes amounted to roughly 4 percent of total deaths."

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    Diabetes now makes up 12 percent of US deaths, a higher number than previously thought, according to new research.
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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