Sunday 25 September 2016

Life expectancy shorter for those living with diabetes

Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30

There is a great need to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
There is a great need to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Men and women with diabetes (both types) face not only reduced overall life expectancy, but also higher numbers of years living with disability compared to those people without the disease.

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Associate professor Dianna Magliano of the Diabetes Institute, Melbourne in Australia, who led the research, said the pattern would be similar in Ireland.

There are more than 400 million people with diabetes worldwide, with almost all countries reporting sharp increases in total cases in recent decades, said the research published in Diabetologia.

Around one third of young people aged 25 or under are predicted to develop diabetes at some point in their lives.

However due to treatment advances, mortality rates from diabetes are decreasing. The rising prevalence, together with the improvement in longevity, has prompted a greater emphasis to be placed on the health-related quality of life in people with diabetes.

The authors say that a number of factors are likely to be responsible are impacting on people with diabetes.

These include blood vessel complications that can cause eyesight deterioration and also movement problems and amputations, and also factors not traditionally connected to diabetes, such as decline in brain functioning as people age.

There is a great need to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

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