U.S. deaths in 2020 for heart disease and diabetes track their highest increases in more than 20 years amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press reported that the number of deaths that have been declining in the long term increased by more than 3 percent, rising from 161.5 deaths per year. 100,000 inhabitants in 2019 to 167 deaths per. 100,000 according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In raw numbers, this increase, according to the AP, corresponds to 32,000 more heart disease deaths in 2020 than in 2019.
The death rate for diabetes is tracked an increase of 1
This increase equates to 13,000 more diabetes deaths last year than the year before.
The death rate from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, chronic liver disease, stroke and high blood pressure also saw large increases, according to the AP.
Deaths rose by 8 percent for Alzheimer’s, 11 percent for Parkinson’s, 12 percent for high blood pressure and 4 percent for stroke.
Experts now say the increase in deaths from non-coronavirus diseases can be attributed to people not wanting to visit hospitals, despite experiencing dangerous symptoms amid the pandemic for fear of getting the virus, the wire service reported.
Another potential theory for the increase in mortality from these diseases is that some patients may have stopped taking care of themselves during COVID-19 lockdowns, including exercising less, gaining weight, or cutting back on high blood pressure medications. , according to the AP.
The new statistics also strengthen the belief of many that the true number of lives lost in the midst of the pandemic, whether directly or indirectly attributed to COVID-19, is far higher than recorded, the AP added.
According to the CDC, more than 595,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19.
However, the death rate from cancer dropped last year. It fell by approx. 2 percent in 2020, similar to the decline tracked from 2018 to 2019, despite cancer research and cancer care being lacking last year due to the pandemic.