Diabetes Health Is Improving In The US

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-11-21 01:31:39 -0600
Started 2012-11-19 19:58:47 -0600

In 2009, the 10 leading causes of death in the US were, in rank

Heart disease: 599,413
Cancer: 567,628
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 137,353
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,842
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 118,021
Alzheimer's disease: 79,003
Diabetes: 68,705
Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,692
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,935
Intentional self-harm (suicide):
So Diabetes ranked number 7 that year.


I recently saw an old article online that said diabetes was the third leading cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer. I don't know what year that was, but since it is the seventh leading cause now, we have certainly come a long way.

The link below says that the life expectancy of type 1 diabetics is almost as good as that of non diabetics:


5 replies

annesmith 2012-11-21 01:31:39 -0600 Report

I'm glad to hear that statistic. It sounds like we have come long ways. #7 is not near as bad as say #2. ANNE

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-20 11:25:35 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing Richard. Although people are living longer with diabetes, I just read an article that states diabetes is on the rise in the midwestern and southern states. I think even more education is needed to help people learn how to prevent the disease or lessen their chances of getting the disease.