Mortality in the United States in 2020 from heart disease and diabetes has been at its highest in more than 20 years amid a coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press reported that the rate of heart disease deaths, which has declined in the long term, has jumped by more than 3 percent, rising from 161.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019 to 167 deaths per 100,000, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In raw numbers, according to the AP, this jump is equivalent to 32,000 more heart disease deaths in 2020 than in 2019.
Diabetes mortality has risen 1
This increase is equal to 13,000 more deaths from diabetes last year than the previous year.
Mortality from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, chronic liver disease, stroke and high blood pressure also increased sharply, according to the AP.
Mortality jumped by 8 percent from Alzheimer’s disease, 11 percent from Parkinson’s disease, 12 percent from high blood pressure and 4 percent from strokes.
Experts now say the jump in deaths from non-coronavirus diseases may be due to people who do not want to visit hospitals despite experiencing dangerous symptoms, amid a pandemic for fear of contracting the virus, the telegraph service said.
Another potential theory for the jump in mortality from these diseases is because some patients may have stopped taking care of themselves during COVID-19 blockade, including exercising less, gaining weight, or reducing medication for high blood pressure, according to AP.
The new statistics also reinforce the belief among many that the true number of lives lost in the pandemic, whether directly or indirectly attributed to COVID-19, is much 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, cancer deaths fell last year. It fell by approximately 2 percent in 2020, similar to the decline seen from 2018 to 2019, despite the fact that screening tests and cancer care were missing last year due to the pandemic.