Despite Improvements, Diabetics Still Face Reduced Life Expectancy

In the last 50 years or so, medical advances have improved the life expectancy and quality of life of diabetics dramatically however they still face an increased risk of developing common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. As a result of this, diabetics have a life expectancy around 8 years lower than their diabetic counter parts.

One of the largest studies on the impact of diabetes on life expectancy was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, in 2007. The researchers used data from the Framingham Heart Study to determine the impact of diabetes on life expectancy at the age of 50.


Which Countries Have The Highest Rates Of Diabetes?

The small island of Nauru in the South Pacific is believed to have the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world with a massive 31% of adults between 20 and 79 suffering from either type-1 or type-2 diabetes in 2010.

Obesity is the primary reason for the high diabetes rates in Nauru with more than 95% of the population classified as either overweight or obese making Nauru the fattest nation on the planet.


Type 1 Diabetes Incidence Continues To Increase

A study published in the journal Diabetic Medicine last month shows a dramatic increase in the rate of type 1 diabetes in the UK, mirroring increases in other developed countries over the last couple of decades.

The report, which compared type 1 diabetes incidence in the UK between 1991 and 2008 showed some dramatic increases, particularly among boys aged 0-14 years where the rate more than doubled from 11 cases per 100,000 person-years to 24 cases per 100,000 person-years.


Lifetime Diabetes Risk More Than 70% When BMI Is Greater Than 35

Those with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 are almost ten times more likely to develop diabetes in their lifetimes than those with a normal BMI (18.5-24.9) according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2007.

The study involved analyzing data from the US National Health Interview Survey and involved more than 200,000 American participants aged between 18-84. Overall 15,843 (6.5%) of the study participants had been diagnosed with diabetes.