Diabetes in USA even deadlier than thought, study suggests

Last update: 25/04/2017

Nearly four times as many Americans may die of diabetes as indicated on death certificates.

A rate that would bump the disease up from the seventh-leading cause of death to No. 3, according to estimates in a recent study.

Researchers and advocates say that more-precise figures are important as they strengthen the argument that more should be done to prevent and treat diabetes, which affects the way sugar is metabolized in the body.

“We argue diabetes is responsible for 12 percent of deaths in the U.S., rather than 3.3 percent that death certificates indicate,” lead study author Andrew Stokes of the Boston University School of Public Health said in an interview.

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