Rise in deaths due to alcohol in patients with type 1 diabetes

ALCOHOL is becoming an important cause of death among patients with type 1 diabetes, researchers warn. 

Finnish researchers conducted a population-based study of 17,306 patients younger than 30 years of age who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1970 and 1999, logging 1338 deaths. 

People with early onset type 1 diabetes, up to age 14, had improved survival rates due to a fall in chronic complications, they found.

But in patients with later onset type 1 diabetes (15–29 years) an increase in alcohol and drug-related mortality (39% of deaths) and acute complications outweighed this benefit.

Young people with type 1 diabetes may need guidance on the effects of alcohol, they concluded.