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Diabetes complication rates fall markedly in the US, says CDC study

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 22 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2873
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle, USA

Rates of five serious complications related to diabetes—myocardial infarction, stroke, end stage kidney failure, lower limb amputation, and death from hyperglycemia — have all decreased among adults with diabetes in the US over the past two decades, according to a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1

The CDC researchers used data from the National Health Interview Survey, the National Hospital Discharge Survey, the US Renal Data System, and the US National Vital Statistics System to look at trends in complications related to diabetes from 1990 to 2010.

The lead author of the study, which appears in the 17 …

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