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December 05, 2010

50 yr diabetic lives 8.5 yrs lesser than non-diabetic counterpart

A new study has revealed that a 50-year-old diabetic can expect to live 8.5 years fewer years, on average, than a 50-year-old without the disease. A recent report commissioned by The National Academy on an Aging Society found that older adults with diabetes 've a lower life expectancy at every age than those without the disease.

At age 60, for instance, the difference in life expectancy is 5.4 years. By age 90, the difference is just one year. The report, “Profiles of an Aging Society: Diabetes,” was released to coincide with National Diabetes Awareness Month in Nov-2010.

It also found that, compared to older adults without diabetes, those with the disease are less likely to be employed & more likely to 've other health problems, such as heart disease, depression & disabilities that interfere with normal life activities. Indeed, the figures show a marked increase in the percentage of adults over age 50 with diabetes during the past decade: from 11% of non-Hispanic whites in 1998 to 18 % in 2008, & from 22 % of non-Hispanic blacks in 1998 to 32 % in 2008. 

The analysis was conducted by Scott M Lynch, PhD, of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University — using HRS data collected biannually from 1998 through 2008, which included information from more than 20,000 adults over age 50 in 1998.
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