Burden of Diabetes
in the US: Mortality
As many as 57,000
deaths each year are directly attributable to diabetes, making it the 7th
leading cause of death.
When all deaths
linked to diabetes are counted, diabetes-related mortality reaches about
182,000, making diabetes the 3rd leading cause of death.
The good news is
that the mortality rate in the diabetic population has been on a downward
trend, decreasing by 9% from 1980 to 1994. The bad news is that because of
the increased incidence of diabetes, the number of people whose death can be
attributed to diabetes is higher.
Diabetes death rates
remained higher for blacks than for whites and were highest for black males.
Among American Indian, Hawaiian, or Filipino females, diabetes was the 4th
leading cause of death. (CDC, 1998)