Diabetic Hyperglycemic Crisis Deaths Declining in U.S.

However, there is room for improvement in preventing deaths in black men

MONDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of hyperglycemia-related deaths in diabetic adults in the United States has dropped 4.4 percent a year between 1985 and 2002, researchers report in the September issue of Diabetes Care.

Jing Wang, M.P.H., of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed national trends in estimated death rates of diabetic adults between 1985 and 2002.

The researchers found that 2,459 diabetics died of hyperglycemic crisis in 2002, down from 2,989 in 1985. Death rates of diabetics fell 4.4 percent per year during that time, from 42.4 per 100,000 to 28.3 per 100,000.

Death rates fell for all ages, dropping most for those 65 and older, the report indicates. Death rates declined for all race and sex subgroups, declining least for black men. Twenty percent of the deaths happened at home or upon hospital arrival.

"Overall death rates due to hyperglycemic crisis among adults with diabetes have declined in the United States," the authors write. "However, scope for further improvements remains, especially to further reduce death rates among black men and to prevent deaths occurring at home."

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