In a population-based investigation among the residents of Rochester, Minnesota, the diabetes mortality rate was 8.5 per 100,000 person-years with diabetes as the underlying cause of death, 31.5 per 100,000 person-years with diabetes as an underlying or contributory cause, and 82.7 per 100,000 person-years if all deaths among diabetic individuals were counted. Diabetes was not mentioned on the certificate in 62% of the 428 diabetic deaths during 1965-1974. When the clinical characteristics of the subgroup of mortality cases in 1969 were compared with those of the prevalence cases on 1 January 1970, it was found that mortality cases tended to be older, were more often on insulin therapy, and were more likely to have macro- and microvascular complications. Because mortality data are sometimes used to infer trends and characteristics for the diabetic population at large, it is important to recognize these biases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Internal Medicine