A report from the New York City Department of Health has revealed that diabetes-related deaths reached record highs in 2011, despite the overall death rate decreasing. A depressing 5,695 people died because of diabetes that year, and the DOH says that a person dies from diabetes-related causes every 90 minutes. This is no doubt part of why Mayor Bloomberg tried to make the soda ban happen.

Though that was nixed at the absolute last minute, city officials are working to end diabetes in the city by bumping up the number of green carts in neighborhoods where fresh produce is scarce and advertising campaigns that warn against the dangers of diabetes.

This news should be enough to make people step away from the candy.

[via Gothamist]

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