Study: Diabetes accounts for more US deaths than previously thought

Diabetes accounts for 12 percent of deaths in the U.S., a significantly higher percentage than previous research revealed, making it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, according to findings from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University published in PLOS ONE . “Another way of saying that is, if diabetes were eliminated as a disease process, the number of deaths would decline by 12 percent,” said Samuel Preston, a sociology professor in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and part of the Population Studies Center.

Diabetes accounts for 12 percent of deaths in the U.S., a significantly higher percentage than previous research revealed, making it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, according to findings from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University published in PLOS ONE . “Another way of saying that is, if diabetes were eliminated as a disease process, the number of deaths would decline by 12 percent,” said Samuel Preston, a sociology professor in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and part of the Population Studies Center.

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Study: Diabetes accounts for more US deaths than previously thought