Type 1 Diabetes May Shorten Life Expectancy, But Early Intensive Treatment May Help Restore Lost Years

At age 20, men with type 1 diabetes have an estimated loss of life expectancy of 11 years; for women, it’s a loss of 13 years compared with nondiabetics. The JAMA findings come from an analysis of individuals in Scotland with type 1 diabetes who were ≥20 years old from 2008 through 2010 and were in a nationwide register. In another JAMA study, there were 64 deaths after an average of 27 years of follow-up among 730 patients with type 1 diabetes who initially received standard treatment and 43 deaths among 711 patients who received intensive treatment, a 33% reduction.

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At age 20, men with type 1 diabetes have an estimated loss of life expectancy of 11 years; for women, it’s a loss of 13 years compared with nondiabetics. The JAMA findings come from an analysis of individuals in Scotland with type 1 diabetes who were ≥20 years old from 2008 through 2010 and were in a nationwide register. In another JAMA study, there were 64 deaths after an average of 27 years of follow-up among 730 patients with type 1 diabetes who initially received standard treatment and 43 deaths among 711 patients who received intensive treatment, a 33% reduction.

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