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December 14, 2010

New Report: Diabetes Tied to Shortened Life Expectancy

Topics: Health Issues

No real surprise here ... except for the degree difference in life expectancy: Despite medical advances, a 50-year-old with the disease still can expect to live 8.5 years fewer years, on average, than a 50-year-old without the disease....

The study also shows that older adults with diabetes have a lower life expectancy at every age compared to people who do not have the disease. For example, researchers say, the difference at age 60 is 5.4 years; it's one year by 90.

The findings come from a new report commissioned by the National Academy on an Aging Society. It was based on data provided by the Health and Retirement Study, a survey of more than 20,000 Americans over age 50 done every two years by the University of Michigan.

"Given the rise in diabetes among boomers and seniors, these findings are alarming," said Greg O'Neill, PhD, director of the Academy. "They paint a stark picture of the impact of diabetes and its complications on healthy aging."

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Posted by Richard at December 14, 2010 3:42 PM

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