Steep Fall in Death Rates Among Diabetics



 | May 28, 2012, 6:47 PM 39 Comment

Death rates among people with diabeteshave declined substantially in recent years, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Since 1997 the C.D.C. has done five surveys of people with and without diabetes, each sampling about 107,000 adults. Compared with the 1997-98 figures, 2006 death rates from cardiovascular disease had declined 40 percent and all-cause mortality had declined 23 percent among people with diabetes, even after the researchers controlled for age and other health factors. Death rates also declined among those who did not have diabetes, but the decline was not as steep.

The study, in the June issue of Diabetes Care, attributes the progress to advances in medical care and self-management.

But every silver lining has a cloud.

“The good thing is that people with diabetes are living longer,” said one of the authors, Sharon Saydah, a senior research scientist with the C.D.C. “But people with diabetes are at risk for a number of complications — cardiovascular disease, lower leg amputations, kidney disease, eye problems, dementia and other kinds of disability. Preventing all of these complications means that we will have greater health care expenses for people living with diabetes.”

Twins Achieve the Impossible in Medical Science Education (Video)

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Asia and Ashley Matthews, recent graduates of Xavier, have achieved the pinnacle of educational achievement in medicine.

The students of 2012 are stepping up to the global plate this year with exceptional achievements in education.  But two young women have achieved the impossible with their exceptional grades in a field that is treacherous terrain for most.

Asia and Ashley Matthews graduated from Xavier University and both are promising scientists.  Asia graduated with a dual degree in chemistry and pre-med and had aspirations of attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School in their dual medical program that would allow her to graduate from its rigorous, “selective” 8-year program with a Ph.D. and an M.D.

But with the hundreds of applications they receive each year that they widdle down to 40 candidates and only choose “between seven and ten” students, there was an extremely low chance of her being chosen…much less her sister.

But their academic prowess showed to be unmatched in the nation with BOTH young ladies being chosen for the program.  Their mentor and professor, Dr. Terry Watt told WWLTV:

“It’s exceedingly difficult to get into an MD/PHD program and the odds that both of them would get in anywhere were extremely low,” he said. “We’re all very proud of them for the effort they put in to do it. It’s well-deserved.”

Our hats go off to Asia and Ashley Matthews!   They are the story of the year and the inspiration for all students, but mostly African American girls who are almost completely unrepresented in various fields of medicine, especially research.  Check out their story.  YES WE CAN!

-J.C. Brooks


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