While diabetes comes with so many risks it could make your head spin, there is good news. Yes, it’s something that is still associated with obesity, and we still want to get it under control to avoid complications as severe as death and amputations. The risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other heart complications and complications of diabetes are actually on their way out!
In the last 2 decades, the rates of heart disease and stroke fell among diabetics by more than 60% according to a new federal study. The studies have also shown that there has been a significant decline in the rates of diabetes related kidney failure and amputations to go with it. This seems mainly associated with better screening services and medical care, meaning early intervention and better care in general. Interestingly, this has happened while the rates of diabetes have more than tripled.
Dr John Buse, a University of North Carolina diabetes specialist says,
It is great news. The prognosis for folks with diabetes has improved dramatically over the last two decades, at least for those with good access to care.
While there are those suffering purely hereditary forms of diabetes, some of which don’t respond 100% to diet and exercise, the most common type is related to obesity. This year, about 1 in 10 US adults has diabetes, and it has become the nation’s 7th leading cause of death according to the CDC. When obese, you are at a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes, but diabetics seem to have narrower blood vessels, which can lead to these types of heart problems in the future.
In the 90’s, there were key studies that showed diabetics could control their disease blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol with healthy diet and exercise and medical intervention. Researchers have found that people can keep the risk of vision, heart problems, amputations, and other complications of diabetes under control. They are not always inevitable as we might think.
Insurance programs have been extensively expanded to cover things like blood sugar monitors and other diabetes treatments. More diabetics are also being diagnosed earlier and with milder forms. Even with higher rates of diabetes overall, the rate of hospitalization fell from 140,000 to 136,000 along with many other positive signs for those living with diabetes.