Mortality Rates Dropping for Type 1 Diabetics
The good news is type 1 deaths are decreasing for people with type 1 diabetes. The bad news is type 1 mortalities are still seven percent higher than those of the general population. Researchers believe this is a result of complications from having diabetes for such a long time. Type 1 diabetes begins in childhood.
Woman With Type 1 Diabetes Have a Higher Mortality Rate
As we all know diabetes does not discriminate the disease is common in both males and females and the young, middle age and elderly. However, for an unknown reason woman with type 1 diabetes are thirteen more times likely to die than a non-diabetic woman. Some researchers believe this is due to complications of the diabetes while other researchers are not convinced that is the reason.
African American Women & Diabetes
Recent studies combined with older studies have determined that African American women have a 50.6 percent mortality rate and Caucasian women had a 24 percent mortality rate. "It's unclear why, for both women and African Americans, type 1 diabetes has such a major effect compared to the general population," said Dr. Trevor Orchard, senior author of the study. "This greater effect of diabetes for women is not seen as strongly in studies in other parts of the world. One thing that is clear is that we need to pay special attention to their care and treatment and continue to investigate why they might be disproportionately impacted by the long-term consequences of this disease."
Even with the discrepancies, the mortality rate is dropping for type 1 diabetics. As treatments continue to improve and new ones develop hopefully, the mortality rate will continue to drop.