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Fewer Heart Attacks, Strokes Related to Diabetes in Recent Years

Patient Receiving Shot from NurseAs you know, diabetes has hit epidemic proportions. Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes, a condition that comes with a boatload of other health conditions, including eye problems, heart disease, and kidney disease.

The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers hope to diabetics: Researchers say that major complications related to diabetes have fallen during the last 20 years. Rates of heart attack, stroke, end-stage kidney failure, lower-limb amputation and deaths from high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) have all fallen.

Cardiovascular problems and deaths from high blood sugar fell by over 60%; strokes and lower extremity amputations decreased by 50%; and kidney failure rates dropped by 30%, according to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The CDC team¬†believes that lower rates of complications could be due to increased access to health care services. They caution that while it’s great complications are on the decline, it’s still concerning that the number of Americans with diabetes has tripled in the last two decades.¬†

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