Disabilities linked to diabetes risk

The observational study in 23,000 people over 51 showed that the risk of diabetes increased from 28% in those with a mild disability to 63% in those with a severe disability, regardless of whether they had existing disabilities or developed them over 12 years.

Factors mediating the link between disability and diabetes, such as change in BMI, depression and hypertension, could have accounted for up to 25% of the effect.

The US authors estimated that around 7% of diabetes cases in the study would not have occurred if no-one had become disabled.