How to live longer: Diabetes may raise risk of early death by up to 96%

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Doctor Adrian Heald, from Salford Royal Hospital, added: “Our modelling suggests that type 2 diabetes has a greater effect on the life expectancy of women, smokers and those diagnosed at a younger age.”

He continued: “A woman with type diabetes, for example, might live five years less than the average woman in the general population, while someone diagnosed at a younger age might lose eight years of life expectancy.”

Raising diabetics’ awareness of the risk of early death could incite them to make lifestyle changes.

Doctor Heald added: “Doing so may make the health advice they are given seem more relevant and so help them make changes can improve their quality and length of life.”

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