We've Made Huge Progress on One Diabetes Front
Dangerous complications are way down
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2014 10:31 AM CDT
Dangerous diabetes complications have dropped significantly, a study finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A major federal study points to vast improvements in the fight against diabetes-related ailments, thanks in large part to improving treatment. Complications from diabetes have plummeted over two decades, the New York Times reports: For instance, heart attacks among diabetes sufferers have dropped 68% since 1990 (and 31% in the general population). Deaths from high blood sugar sank 64%, Reuters reports, and rates of stroke and lower-limb amputations plunged by about half. The rate of serious kidney disease, meanwhile, dropped by about 28%.

"This is the first really credible, reliable data that demonstrates that all of the efforts at reducing risk have paid off," says an expert. Among those efforts: educating patients on how to take care of themselves, and better use of medications that control factors that can fuel complications, like blood sugar and cholesterol. The bad news: The period between 1990 and 2010 saw the number of Americans with diabetes more than triple to 26 million, the Times notes, with most of those cases being Type 2. An additional 79 million Americans face a high risk of becoming diabetic, and the disease costs about $176 billion every year. Overall, "I tend to see this (study) as more good news than bad news," says its lead author.

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Apr 29, 2014 6:59 PM CDT
I blame my ancestors. Well, my grandmother learned cooking from her mom who taught my mom who believed all meals needed a dessert. It took me a while getting away from the idea along with you don't need to eat big meals all the time. Then I had to learn you don't need to even eat regularly as long as you get nutrition and fiber and you maintain energy levels with unprocessed whole foods. Then I got away from the huge breakfast which may actually be bad for me in the end. But to my defense, my family believed in the big plate of pig products, eggs, and then topped off with chocolate milk and cinnamon rolls. But it took me a really long time to be able to eat eggs without chocolate milk. I mean they didn't have chocolate milk at summer camp and I was there at least a month at a time. So mom packed a can of powdered quick and I hid the powder in a pill bottle. I took it out of my pocket and dumped a half bottle into the milk container. Then I could enjoy my eggs. I can enjoy my special recipe eggs without it but its a treat with it. So now the goal is to completely avoid HFCS. As for fats and cholesterol, don't fret it. Your number 1 main enemy is simple white starch. That's the main crack food of all cancer.
Apr 18, 2014 5:28 AM CDT
well done, now all is left to do is persuade ppl into eatingh right . oh - and granting them access to real food of course.