Report shows impact of diabetes on life expectancy
Recent medical advancements have significantly improved the quality of life of individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, the findings of a new study suggest that individuals with the disease still live significantly shorter lives than those who do not suffer from diabetes.
The number of individuals with type 2 diabetes is exploding. As the baby boomer generation grows older, many are developing the condition. Researchers said that their findings could have major implications for this large segment of society.
For their study, a team of investigators from the National Academy on an Aging Society looked at the medical records of individuals over age 50. They found that 50-year-olds with diabetes live an average of 8.5 fewer years than healthy individuals. Life expectancy was also significantly shorter for 60-year-olds and 90-year-olds with the disease.
"Given the rise in diabetes among boomers and seniors, these findings are alarming," said Greg O'Neill, director of the Academy. "They paint a stark picture of the impact of diabetes and its complications on healthy aging."
The report indicates that the number of 50-year-olds living with diabetes increased from 11 percent in 1998 to 18 percent in 2008.