Book Chapter Applied Demography and Public Health Ch. 6
State estimates of cause and condition-specific mortality rates for diabetes mellitus
Official vital statistics report the death rates due to diabetes in the general population. These are only an indirect indicator of mortality among diabetics since these rates measure deaths due to diabetes in the whole population. A higher rate can mean greater prevalence of diabetes or greater mortality among diabetics or a combination of both. Condition and cause specific death rates directly identify deaths caused by diabetes with the diabetic sub-population in which they occur, giving more specific, focused information since persons diagnosed with diabetes are those most at risk of dying from the disease.