Diabetes Raises Death Rate Among Older Adults

A new study involving tens of thousands of people 65 and older suggests that even among older people, diabetes substantially increases premature deaths. Among this age group, the death rate was 10 percent per year in those who had diabetes, compared to 6 percent in those without the disease. The situation is expected to get worse as diabetes increases in America. Fortunately, as I have been saying for some time, diabetes is preventable if a healthy diet and exercise program are followed. Even the researchers in this study found that modest weight loss and physical activity reduced the rate of diabetes by 71 percent among those aged 60 and above compared to people who just continued their normal activities.

Science Daily May 25, 2004

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