U.S. News, Medscape report on UMMS diabetes mortality research

Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, discusses new study that offers clues to reducing racial disparities in diabetes mortality among older women

By Ellie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

September 18, 2013

In research published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology on Sept. 17, lead author Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, concludes that the way to reduce high diabetes-related death rates among all postmenopausal women—including black and Hispanic women—is through prevention of diabetes. U.S. News HealthDay, Medscape and Medpage Today reported on the significance of the study findings.

“Rather than emphasizing aggressive use of anti-diabetic medications in postmenopausal minority women, we should focus on educating them about preventing diabetes,” Dr. Ma said.

Read the full stories here:
MedscapeDiabetes Ups Mortality Risk Across Ethnicities 
U.S. News HealthDayNew Understanding of Racial Disparities and Diabetes
Medpage TodayDiabetes Hastens Death for Older Women

Related links on UMassMedNow:
New insight into reducing racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes mortality in postmenopausal women
New study: depression in postmenopausal women may increase diabetes, cardiovascular disease risk