INTRODUCTION -Official mortality statistics underestimate the etiological role of diabetes in mortality. METHODS -With the use of attributable risk ratio we estimated the proportion of total mortality and mortality under age 65 years due to diabetes in Hungary in 2000-2009. We corrected the analysis for the co-occurrence of diabetes and hypertension. The prevalence figures of diabetes were taken from the National Health Interview Surveys 2000, 2003 and 2009; the relative mortality figures in patients with diabetes from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System of the Public Health Agency Canada; and the Hungarian age-, and sex-specific mortality figures from the Demographic Yearbooks of the Central Statistical Office. RESULTS -The total mortality decreased by 15%, mortality under age 65 years by 16% in the studied period in Hungary. Mean -while diabetes attributable mortality corrected for hypertension decreased by only 6%, premature mortality increased by 4%. As a consequence, the proportion of diabetes attributable mortality within total mortality increased from 4.6% to 5%, premature mortality from 4.3% to 5.5% by 2009, as the prevalence of diabetes increased from 6.9% in 2000 to 8.2% in 2009. Diabetes attributable mortality is approximately 2.5 times higher than the figures in the official mortality statistics. CONCLUSION -Diabetes and its main risk factors, overweight and obesity due to unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are one of the most important public health challenges nowadays. The burden of diabetes and its complications is already enormous. Mortality attributable to diabetes is much higher than it is reflected in the official mortality statistics.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
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