Heart Attacks, Strokes Have Declined Significantly Among Diabetics Since 1990

Heart attacks and strokes among diabetics have fallen nearly 60 percent in the past two decades, according to a new federal study.

The Associated Press says researchers point to better screenings, medicines, and care as reasons for the drop. The trend is encouraging: About 1 in 10 U.S. adults is a diabetic and are at higher risk for strokes and heart attacks due to the narrowing of their blood vessels.

From 1990 to 2010, the heart attack rate has dipped 68 percent: Then, 141 of 10,000 diabetics suffered one. Now, that number has been trimmed to 45.5. The stroke rate was sliced in half, going from about 106 per 10,000 to 53.

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