USF: Hurricane Exposure Increases Short and Long-Term Mortality Rates for Diabetics

USF: Hurricane Exposure Increases Short and Long-Term Mortality Rates for Diabetics

Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) investigated the short- and long-term effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on older individuals with diabetes. They found those who lived in areas impacted by the 2005 hurricanes had a 40% higher one-month mortality rate than those who lived in unaffected counties. The increased risk persisted even ten years later, at which point the affected individuals had a 6% higher mortality rate.

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