Type 1 diabetes diagnosis under age 10 linked to shorter life expectancy

Women fare worse than men, with a loss of nearly 18 years of life

People who develop type 1 diabetes before the age of 10 face a fivefold higher risk of coronary heart disease than those diagnosed in their late 20s, a Swedish registry study shows.

Child with diabetes

Researchers compared more than 27,000 patients with type 1 diabetes (mean age of 29) with 135,000 matched controls without the disease.

Patients who developed diabetes before the age of 10 had 30 times the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and acute MI in their early adult years compared with controls.

In contrast, participants with onset between 26 and 30 years

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