Diabetes, obesity epidemic could negate heart health gains

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Deaths relating to heart disease dropped more than 25% between 1999 and 2005, according to data released by the American Heart Association. But a rise in the prevalence of diabetes could reverse that downswing.

The decrease in heart disease deaths surpasses the goal set for 2010 by the American Heart Association. But instances of obesity and diabetes have been climbing steadily, with diabetes treatment and care now more expensive to Americans than the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the entire global war on terror, according to the American Diabetes Association.

"Unless we can find a new strategy to stem diabetes and obesity, we can anticipate a new wave of cardiovascular disease deaths," said AHA President Daniel Jones.

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