NYC Deaths From Diabetes Doubled in Last 20 Years

Monday, June 10, 2013

About 11 percent of New Yorkers who die have diabetes as a primary or secondary cause. That’s a proportion that’s nearly doubled over the last two decades.  

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says nearly 5,700 people died of diabetes-related causes in 2011. It’s a new high for a disease that has taken more and more lives each year.

Monday’s report comes out on the eve of the city’s return to the courtroom to appeal the soda size rule, which a lower court rejected in March.

City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the report strengthens the city’s case.

“We know that sugary drinks are the largest single contributor to the obesity epidemic. We also know sugary drinks increase your risk of diabetes even independent of their effect on obesity,” Farley said.

To hear a full interview with Dr. Thomas Farley, click the link above.


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Every piece on this issue says wealthy NY'ers rates are falling while poorer NY'ers rates are rising. Then every story cuts to beverage sizes; to Bloomberg and his actions on beverage sizes. Why are you not reporting on poverty? Why are you not reporting on Bloomberg and his lack of action on poverty? The relationship is clear.
This seems to be a failure of reporting. I'm sure you can do better.

Jun. 12 2013 06:13 AM
Maureen Beach

Obesity is a complex issue that is influenced by many factors, including age, genetics, stress, and physical inactivity). To assign blame to one source of calories is incorrect, has no basis in science, and is counterproductive. And while obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, so are age, genetics, and other factors (according to the American Diabetes Association: To suggest that reducing or eliminating regular soft drinks from the diet will lower the risk of type 2 diabetes is overly simplistic and misleading.

-Maureen Beach, American Beverage Association

Jun. 11 2013 04:27 PM

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