From Texas, USA:
I was wondering about the statistics of deaths related to diabetes in the past, and deaths related to diabetes currently. I am diabetic myself, and have been for 7 1/2 years. The reason I ask this question is that I understand that diabetes is the third deadliest disease. Can you help me please?
This question is a tough one. I do not have statistics at my fingertips, but you and I both know that people will die of something someday.
The message I want you to receive is that you can live a long and healthy life. I also hope you have some support system in place: ask your diabetes team for more help in answering how to interpret the statistics.
Original posting 24 Dec 1998
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