Women with diabetes left behind in drop in death rates

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Diabetes in men and women

Death rates for men with diabetes fell steeply, but rates for women with diabetes did not change

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A new analysis of data from three large national databases finds that in the 29 years between 1971 and 2000, the death rate of men with diabetes has dropped significantly, in line with the overall decline of the death rate for all Americans. But the death rate for women with diabetes did not decline at all.

Edward W. Gregg, PhD, acting chief, Epidemiology and Statistics Branch of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and lead author of the study, says that the study uncovered the gender disparity in death rates but was not designed to answer its causes.

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