In the study, investigators are examining cause of death for 200 type 1 diabetic patients among a cohort of 1,261 patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1965 and 1979. At 20 years follow-up, 15 percent of the African American patients had died, compared with 6 percent of the white patients, with mortality from acute complications seven times higher in African Americans.
"These results, while preliminary, suggest an inadequacy in care for African Americans with type 1 diabetes," said Trevor Orchard, M.D., professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh GSPH and senior researcher on the study. "This could be a result of issues such as access to care, or the availability of monitoring supplies and appropriate education about diabetes. It is critical that further studies are undertaken to identify the reasons for this disparity."
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