New York City diabetes deaths reach all-time high

A press release issued today by the Health Department reveals that diabetes-related deaths in New York City in 2011 reached an all-time high of 5,695.

The report states that even though death rates in general are decreasing in the state, diabetes death rates are on the upswing. In just the last decade or so, the number of diabetes-related deaths has nearly doubled from 6 percent in 1990 to 10.8 percent in 2011.

Are health initiatives working?

In April, the Health Department reported that nearly 650,000 adult New Yorkers had diabetes in 2011, which is an increase of about 200,000 people since 2002. And initiatives like Green Carts and Shop Healthy – programs aimed at increasing availability of healthy foods – only seem to be doing so much.

"Overall, one person dies of diabetes-related causes every 90 minutes, adding up to 16 deaths a day in New York City," the press release states.

Other initiatives to ban the sale of sugary drinks and reduce portion sizes in restaurants are also in place in New York City.

"Diabetes is a condition that too many people live with and die from," said Dr. Thomas Farley, Health Commissioner. "It is linked to our epidemic of obesity, and like obesity, it can be prevented."

Source: Weekly Standard

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