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In 2005, 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older.
Diabetes was the sixth-leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2002. This ranking is based on the 73,249 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. According to death certificate reports, diabetes contributed to a total of 224,092 deaths.
Diabetes is likely to be underreported as a cause of death. Studies have found that only about 35 percent to 40 percent of decedents with diabetes have diabetes listed anywhere on the death certificate, and only about 10 percent to 15 percent had it listed as the underlying cause of death.
Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of similar age.
Complications resulting from diabetes include:
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Kidney disease
- Nervous system disease
- Dental disease
- Complications of pregnancy
- Other complications.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart disease and stroke account for about 65 percent of deaths in people with diabetes. Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about two to four times higher than adults without diabetes. The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
High Blood Pressure
About 73 percent of adults with diabetes have blood pressure greater than or equal to 130/80 mmHg or use prescription medications for hypertension.