How to live longer: Diabetes can increase the risk of premature death by up to 96%

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

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

Making diabetics aware of the risk of premature death can encourage them to make lifestyle changes.

Doctor Heald added: “Doing this can make the health advice they receive seem more relevant and help them make changes that can improve their quality and length of life.”

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