In what could be seen as a glimmer of good news for the diabetics, a new study has found a sharp decline in the rates of heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease.
According to the study, there is over 60 percent fall in rates of heart attacks and strokes among the diabetes patients over the past two decades.
And the other encouraging finding is that the study has confirmed the earlier reports of drastic fall in diabetes-related kidney failure and amputations.
The findings came at a time when the earlier studies found over three times rise in the number of American diabetics in 20 years.
Dr. John Buse, a University of North Carolina diabetes specialist, , calls it a great news.
In an e-mail, he said, “The prognosis for folks with diabetes has improved dramatically over the last two decades, at least for those with good access to care.”
Buse was not involved with the study.
For the new study, the CDC tallied complication rates from 1990 to 2010 for diabetics ages 20 or older.
Scientists attribute better screening, awareness, proper medicines and care responsible for the positive development.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research is reported in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.
Diabetes is condition when sugar starts building up in the blood. Reports suggest, approx 1 in 10 American adults suffers from diabetes. It is seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC.