Diabetes and longer life

Life expectancy among people with type 1 diabetes is significantly improving, according to the results of a 30-year prospective study presented at the 71st Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

Participants diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1965 and 1980 (Group 1) had an average life expectancy of 68.8 years – 15 years greater than those diagnosed between 1950 and 1964 (Group 2).

Life expectancy of the general US population increased by less than a year over the same time period. Also, 30-year mortality of participants in Group 1 was 11.6% compared with 35.6% for Group 2.

The Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications study began in 1986, and the average age of participants was 28 years when the study began and 44 at completion.