Diabetics are living longer
The newspaper Göteborgs-Posten reports that a major international study led by researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University has discovered that people with diabetes are living longer.
The study, which followed 10 million diabetics in Canada and Britain between 1996 and 2009, found that the risk of premature death had more than halved over the period.
The decrease includes both men and women and all age groups. The study found no difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
The researchers say the improvement in life expectancy is due to increased medication, better blood sugar checks, and earlier diagnosis.
On the other hand, they also found that the occurrence of diabetes doubled in Canada and Britain during the study period.
The results have been published in the journal Diabetologia.